The Future of Commercial Vehicles

2013 Design for User Experience

10-week term project in collaboration with Heavy Vehicles

Work Method
The first phase of the project included a two-day visit at the cluster members that participated in this study from Heavy Vehicles in the Växjö area. The companies was Rottne (forestry machines), Volvo CE (construction equipment) and Belos (implement carriers). The project officially started with three days of on-site rapid ethnography at locations in Umeå where the three vehicles types were studies and their operators interviewed and studied while operating their machines.

In the project's second phase the students presented their findings and were introduced to methods for sharing information and generating ideas from this common foundation of insights. The outcome of these activities was used to identify and establish a number of relevant "design opportunities" for the three different vehicle types and operators.

As the third and final phase of the project, each student was asked to decide on a relevant design opportunity to explore, carry out additional research and to write an individual design brief, specifying how this design challenge would be addressed and solved during the remaining time of the project.

The results presented at the final presentation were eleven different projects for all of the three vehicle manufacturers involved in the study. The vehicle concepts explored the wide span from autonomous solutions to new proposal for improved logistic performance, to vehicle concepts with multi-functional architectures, to wearable solutions for the future operator for better performance and improved safety.

External project tutor:
Fredrik Nilsson, industrial designer at Husqvarna, Stockholm

Other lecturers:
Daniel Sellberg (Cintiq sketching), industrial designer Atlas Copco, Örebro
Thomas Degn, senior lecturer in industrial design

Course responsible:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme