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Redesign of the interior of the JU solar car
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Mechanical Engineering.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis analyzes the interior of the solar car, used by the JU Solar Team, to improve the user experience in terms of user interaction and ergonomics.

Following the Design Thinking methodology, it starts with a research phase to understand how the user interacts with the car and the elements required for this interaction during the race. It also studies the dimension of the actual interior and the anthropometric factors, some changes are proposed for a more efficient use of the space.

The next phase explores new buttons and configurations for the steering wheel. The use of prototypes and sketches leads the development of the ideas, which are further developed and defined, including the graphical design and the dimensions of the interior. In the findings, the redesign of the steering wheel and interior is shown in several renders with an explanation of the final design decisions, which can be summarized in:

A new shape for the steering wheel where most of the buttons have been added with new shapes and colors. The emergency buttons and light indicators have been allocated on a central control panel. The user has access to the buttons without releasing the steering wheel and the dimension of the canapé has been reduced thanks to a more efficient use of the space.

As a part of the thesis a full scale model of the steering wheels and a 1:10 scale model of the interior is provided.

This thesis solves some of the problems in the actual design of the solar car and explore some of the important factors in user interaction. A human-centered design approach to a project usually driven by the performance of the car and not the user experience.

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling omfattar utveckling av interiör för solbilar med inriktning mot att förbättra för användaren. Arbetet avser att appliceras på Ju Solar teams solbil som ska delta för Högskolan i Jönköping i World Solar Challenge 2017.

Forskningen i projektet fokuserar på att förstå hur användaren interagerar och samspelar med bilen och de faktiska problem som föraren har att hantera under tävlingen.

Studien omfattar också antropometriska mått där förslag på ändringar gjorts för att optimera utrymmet.

Utvärdering av idéer har gjorts med hjälp av skisser och prototyper, som inkluderar den grafiska designen Designbesluten kan sammanfattas med följande:

• De viktiga knapparna är alla samlade i ratten.

• Användning av form och färg samt position för att enkelt kunna skilja mellan knappar och dess funktioner.

• Ny form för ratten med en extra grepp-zon i den övre delen. Ny utformning av knappar, former och konfiguration för ratten.

• En central manöverpanel med ljusindikatorer för föraren.

• Nya dimensioner av interiören för att minska förarhuvens storlek och därmed minska luftmotståndet.

Som en del av avhandlingen finns en fullskalemodell av ratten och en modell i skala 1:10 av interiören tillhandahålls.

Solbilar utvecklas vanligen med prestanda som prioritet men denna avhandling utforskar de problemområden som finns i anslutning till solbilens förarmiljö med människan i centrum.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 77 p.
Keyword [en]
Design, User interaction, Ergonomic, Solar car, Steering wheel
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34646ISRN: JU-JTH-MTA-1-20170080OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-34646DiVA: diva2:1063612
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