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Kamrat - The holiday camper for a soft adventure

von Koch, Beata LU and Andrén, Ola LU (2018) MMKM10 20181
Product Development
Abstract
There is a growing demand for environmentally friendly ways of transportation, and
therefore the electric bicycle has been booming in Sweden. The electric bicycle is
often used as means of transportation to and from work, but has potential to be used
in other situations as well. The environmental impact caused by transportation
during holidays has recently gained attention. At the same time the demand for soft
adventures, comfortable and accessible nature experiences, in Sweden has increased
according to Visit Sweden. If these different driving forces are combined, an area
of use for the electric bicycle could be when on holiday.
This master thesis has the purpose of developing a product that connects electric
bicycles with the... (More)
There is a growing demand for environmentally friendly ways of transportation, and
therefore the electric bicycle has been booming in Sweden. The electric bicycle is
often used as means of transportation to and from work, but has potential to be used
in other situations as well. The environmental impact caused by transportation
during holidays has recently gained attention. At the same time the demand for soft
adventures, comfortable and accessible nature experiences, in Sweden has increased
according to Visit Sweden. If these different driving forces are combined, an area
of use for the electric bicycle could be when on holiday.
This master thesis has the purpose of developing a product that connects electric
bicycles with the trend of soft adventures, and in that way encourage people to cycle
more.
The design process started by studying the potential users. Based on the functions
noticed in the user study, various concepts were developed in several iterations in
the shape of sketches, physical models and computer models. These iterations
finally resulted in a concept that was further developed, and a final prototype, taking
both form and function in consideration, was created. This prototype was then tested
and evaluated.
The final concept, called Kamrat, is a foldable holiday camper that is small and
lightweight enough to be towed after an electric bicycle. In parked mode Kamrat
can be unfolded, which results in a bed for two persons with a tent as a roof. This
allows for a comfortable overnight stay in nature.
The accessible and functional design helps and inspires the user to bring its electric
bicycle on a soft adventure and thereby holiday in an environmentally friendly way. (Less)
Abstract (Swedish)
Det finns ett växande behov av miljövänliga sätt att transportera sig och därför har
elcykeln slagit stort i Sverige. Elcykeln används ofta som transportmedel till och
från jobbet men har potential att användas i andra sammanhang också.
Miljöpåverkan orsakad av transport under semesterresor har uppmärksammats på
senare tid. Samtidigt ökar efterfrågan på soft adventures, bekväma och tillrättalagda
naturupplevelser, i Sverige enligt Visit Sweden. Om de här olika krafterna
kombineras så skulle ett användningsområde för elcykeln kunna vara under
semestern.
Detta examensarbete har som syfte att utveckla en produkt som kopplar ihop
elcyklar med trenden soft adventures för att på det viset uppmuntra folk att cykla
mer.
Designprocessen... (More)
Det finns ett växande behov av miljövänliga sätt att transportera sig och därför har
elcykeln slagit stort i Sverige. Elcykeln används ofta som transportmedel till och
från jobbet men har potential att användas i andra sammanhang också.
Miljöpåverkan orsakad av transport under semesterresor har uppmärksammats på
senare tid. Samtidigt ökar efterfrågan på soft adventures, bekväma och tillrättalagda
naturupplevelser, i Sverige enligt Visit Sweden. Om de här olika krafterna
kombineras så skulle ett användningsområde för elcykeln kunna vara under
semestern.
Detta examensarbete har som syfte att utveckla en produkt som kopplar ihop
elcyklar med trenden soft adventures för att på det viset uppmuntra folk att cykla
mer.
Designprocessen startade med att studera de potentiella användarna. Baserat på
uppmärksammade funktioner från användarstudien utvecklades en mängd olika
koncept i flera iterationer i form av skisser, fysiska modeller och datormodeller.
Dessa iterationer resulterade tillslut i ett koncept som vidareutvecklades och en
slutgiltig prototyp, som tog hänsyn till både form och funktion, tillverkades. Denna
prototyp testades och utvärderades sedan.
Det slutgiltiga konceptet, som kallas Kamrat, är en hopfällbar semestervagn som är
tillräckligt liten och lätt för att dras efter en elcykel. I parkerat läge kan Kamrat fällas
ut vilket resulterar i en säng för två personer med ett tält som tak. Detta ger möjlighet
till en bekväm övernattning i naturen.
Den tillgängliga och funktionella designen hjälper och inspirerar användaren att ta
med sin elcykel på ett soft adventure och därmed semestra på ett miljövänligare sätt. (Less)
Popular Abstract
No one has probably missed the boom of electric bicycles in Sweden. They are mainly used for commuting, but there could be more ways of using your newly bought e-bike. When going on vacation the environment takes a big toll. So why not use your e-bike on vacation?
This project started with the purpose to create a product that connected the usage of e-bikes with a trend identified by Visit Sweden called soft adventure. A soft adventure is a comfortable and accessible nature experience, meaning that you don’t need to be a hard core adventurer to experience nature.
When going on a bicycle holiday the options for overnight stays are limited. You can bring a tent. This gives you freedom to camp wherever you like, but it can be complicated and... (More)
No one has probably missed the boom of electric bicycles in Sweden. They are mainly used for commuting, but there could be more ways of using your newly bought e-bike. When going on vacation the environment takes a big toll. So why not use your e-bike on vacation?
This project started with the purpose to create a product that connected the usage of e-bikes with a trend identified by Visit Sweden called soft adventure. A soft adventure is a comfortable and accessible nature experience, meaning that you don’t need to be a hard core adventurer to experience nature.
When going on a bicycle holiday the options for overnight stays are limited. You can bring a tent. This gives you freedom to camp wherever you like, but it can be complicated and uncomfortable. Another option is to stay at a hotel along the way. This is comfortable, but it reduces your freedom and possibility to sleep in the wild.
To create a product that was both comfortable and allowed for freedom a holiday camper for bikes was developed. The camper was supposed to encourage people to cycle on their vacation instead of going by car or airplane and thereby decrease the emissions caused by travelling.
The design process started off with a user study including interviews, field trips and a study of the history of bicycles. The insights gathered were then boiled down into desired functions and a design brief. Based on this an iterative development process was initiated.
While generating concepts, focus has been on doing many models to test the function and size. Among the different concepts, one concept was chosen to develop further into a detailed prototype. This prototype was resembling the final product in both function and form to allow for evaluation.
The final concept, called Kamrat, is a foldable holiday camper that is small and lightweight enough to be towed after an electric bicycle. In the front and back of the camper there are separate luggage areas giving the user the possibility to bring luggage in an organized way. In parked mode Kamrat can be unfolded which results in a bed for two persons with a tent as a roof. This allows for a comfortable overnight stay in nature.
The accessible and functional design helps and inspires you bring you electric bicycle on a soft adventure and thereby holiday in an environmentally friendly way. (Less)
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author
von Koch, Beata LU and Andrén, Ola LU
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course
MMKM10 20181
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
soft adventure, electric bicycle, camper, vacation, concept development
language
English
id
8953767
date added to LUP
2018-06-29 10:57:08
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2018-06-29 10:57:08
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therefore the electric bicycle has been booming in Sweden. The electric bicycle is
often used as means of transportation to and from work, but has potential to be used
in other situations as well. The environmental impact caused by transportation
during holidays has recently gained attention. At the same time the demand for soft
adventures, comfortable and accessible nature experiences, in Sweden has increased
according to Visit Sweden. If these different driving forces are combined, an area
of use for the electric bicycle could be when on holiday.
This master thesis has the purpose of developing a product that connects electric
bicycles with the trend of soft adventures, and in that way encourage people to cycle
more.
The design process started by studying the potential users. Based on the functions
noticed in the user study, various concepts were developed in several iterations in
the shape of sketches, physical models and computer models. These iterations
finally resulted in a concept that was further developed, and a final prototype, taking
both form and function in consideration, was created. This prototype was then tested
and evaluated.
The final concept, called Kamrat, is a foldable holiday camper that is small and
lightweight enough to be towed after an electric bicycle. In parked mode Kamrat
can be unfolded, which results in a bed for two persons with a tent as a roof. This
allows for a comfortable overnight stay in nature.
The accessible and functional design helps and inspires the user to bring its electric
bicycle on a soft adventure and thereby holiday in an environmentally friendly way.},
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