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Going Electric

Friberg, Axel LU (2017) MAMM01 20172
Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
Abstract
Global warming is one of the biggest threats to our planet and humanity today. Electric vehicles (EV) can prove to be a great help in combating this threat. However, the adoption rate of EVs is still quite slow. The main goal of this thesis is to design a smartphone application using a human-centred design (HCD) process that aims to help people with switching to an EV.

The project followed a classic HCD approach with the end user being included throughout the entire design process. Methods such as interviews, surveys, prototyping, user tests etc. were used to include them. The creation of the prototypes took into consideration tried and true design principles such as the Seven Fundamental Design Principles by Don Norman.

The result... (More)
Global warming is one of the biggest threats to our planet and humanity today. Electric vehicles (EV) can prove to be a great help in combating this threat. However, the adoption rate of EVs is still quite slow. The main goal of this thesis is to design a smartphone application using a human-centred design (HCD) process that aims to help people with switching to an EV.

The project followed a classic HCD approach with the end user being included throughout the entire design process. Methods such as interviews, surveys, prototyping, user tests etc. were used to include them. The creation of the prototypes took into consideration tried and true design principles such as the Seven Fundamental Design Principles by Don Norman.

The result was a hi-fi prototype implemented in code for the Android operating system. The app can:

Record a journey to see if the user exceeds the range of EVs. Show how much less CO2 would be released and how much money would be saved by switching to an EV. Show a map of charging stations. Show a list of EVs, allowing the user to find one that fits their needs. Show a list of facts about EVs the user might not know.

User feedback indicated that an app like this could be valuable in their decision on switching to an EV. Further research on the topic with a longer project time could be helpful in making sure you are meeting the user’s needs. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Den globala uppvärmningen är ett av de största hot mot vår planet och mänsklighet idag. Elektriska fordon (EF) kan visa sig vara en stor hjälp för att bekämpa detta hot. Antagningsgraden av elektriska och elektroniska komponenter är dock fortfarande ganska långsam. Huvudmålet med denna avhandling är att designa en smartphoneapplikation med en användarcentrerad designprocess (ACD) som syftar till att hjälpa människor att byta till ett EF.

Projektet följde en klassisk ACD-strategi där slutanvändaren inkluderades i hela designprocessen. Metoder som intervjuer, undersökningar, prototyper, användartest etc. användes för att inkludera dem. Skapandet av prototyperna använde sig av beprövade och välanvända designprinciper, såsom de sju... (More)
Den globala uppvärmningen är ett av de största hot mot vår planet och mänsklighet idag. Elektriska fordon (EF) kan visa sig vara en stor hjälp för att bekämpa detta hot. Antagningsgraden av elektriska och elektroniska komponenter är dock fortfarande ganska långsam. Huvudmålet med denna avhandling är att designa en smartphoneapplikation med en användarcentrerad designprocess (ACD) som syftar till att hjälpa människor att byta till ett EF.

Projektet följde en klassisk ACD-strategi där slutanvändaren inkluderades i hela designprocessen. Metoder som intervjuer, undersökningar, prototyper, användartest etc. användes för att inkludera dem. Skapandet av prototyperna använde sig av beprövade och välanvända designprinciper, såsom de sju grundläggande principerna för design av Don Norman.

Resultatet blev en hi-fi-prototyp som implementerades i kod för Android-operativsystemet. Appen kan:

Registrera en resa för att se om användaren överstiger EF-räckvidden. Visa hur mycket mindre CO2 skulle släppas ut och hur mycket pengar som skulle sparas genom att byta till ett EF. Visa en karta över laddstationer. Visa en lista med EF, så att användaren kan hitta ett som passar deras behov. Visa en lista med fakta om EF som användaren kanske inte vet.

Användarens återkoppling visade att en app som denna kan vara värdefull i deras beslut att byta till ett EF. Ytterligare forskning om ämnet med längre projekttid kan vara till hjälp för att se till att du möter användarens behov. (Less)
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author
Friberg, Axel LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Switching to an Electric Vehicle with the Help of a Mobile Application
course
MAMM01 20172
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
electric vehicle, EV, human-centered design, HCD, interaction design, smartphone app, UX
language
English
id
8927672
date added to LUP
2017-10-23 11:03:25
date last changed
2017-10-23 11:03:25
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The project followed a classic HCD approach with the end user being included throughout the entire design process. Methods such as interviews, surveys, prototyping, user tests etc. were used to include them. The creation of the prototypes took into consideration tried and true design principles such as the Seven Fundamental Design Principles by Don Norman.

The result was a hi-fi prototype implemented in code for the Android operating system. The app can:

Record a journey to see if the user exceeds the range of EVs. Show how much less CO2 would be released and how much money would be saved by switching to an EV. Show a map of charging stations. Show a list of EVs, allowing the user to find one that fits their needs. Show a list of facts about EVs the user might not know.

User feedback indicated that an app like this could be valuable in their decision on switching to an EV. Further research on the topic with a longer project time could be helpful in making sure you are meeting the user’s needs.},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Going Electric},
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