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Improved dashboard storage solutions for VCC
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This project has been preformed as a master degree thesis in the engineering program Ergonomic Design and Production at Luleå University of Technology (LTU). The project was assigned by Volvo Car Corporation (VCC) in Gothenburg and carried out at Cross Design AB. The purpose of the project was to investigate how storage in the front part of the Volvo models S80, V70, XC70 and XC90 could be improved and optimised. The project should result in one storage solution concept. The procedure of the project was based on a combined methodology of the Sirius Masterplan Design Process and Systematic Problem Solving. To find the existing needs in car storage a survey was performed on a group of 20 car drivers who represented the target group of potential buyers. To make sure to receive extensive information both questionnaires, interviews and observations were carried out. In order to incorporate inspiration and an overview of the range of products on the market the team carried out a benchmarking of most of the leading car makes in Sweden. Related technologies were also studied to find new angles of approach and to increase the number of ideas. An analysis of how the car will be used in the future was performed as well as a general trend analysis of peoples life styles and habits. In the surveys it was found that people are spending more and more time in their cars and that it is becoming important to provide for other needs than the traditional. The studied cars are often used for longer trips at work or on vacation. This creates a need for possibilities for storing office equipment and to have easy access to beverage and food. The idea generation was carried out through the methods of brainstorming, categorising and and adjusted form of the Delphi method and resulted in a wide range of storing solutions. To narrow down the project it was decided to focus only on the glove compartment, the area in the middle of the dashboard, and on the area behind the centre stack. Several concepts were put together for each of these areas on the basis of the previously developed ideas. It was decided to proceed with the development of the glove compartment concepts. These were to be applied on the coming XC90 which has the largest glove compartment volume of VCC’s cars. The glove compartment concepts were compared to previously stated product demands and wishes as well as to each other. The ones with the most innovative ideas and best scores were extracted and supplemented with good ideas from other concepts. The selection specially focused on flexibility, organisation and individualisation possibilities as well as innovation. A combination of concepts ended up with a notch and a case concept, which both could be supplemented with a so called sleigh for easier access. Since both concepts and combinations lived up to the demands the final concept choice was based on calculated scores as well as which was considered to be the most innovative. On these grounds the case concept, called the Glove Compartment Case (GCC), was elected. The GCC consists of two removable cases: one cooling unit and one organised unit. The concept fulfils the wishes of flexibility, organisation and individuality since it allows the user to organise the glove compartment after occasion and stored items.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, ergonomic design, industrial design, car industry, storage, glove compartment
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-46574ISRN: LTU-EX--08/085--SELocal ID: 430defab-5123-4cb5-865c-899886625034OAI: diva2:1019889
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Ergonomic Design & Production Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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