Abstract

This study aimed to achieve understanding from the middle-aged vehicle users and from older vehicle users about differences between their current travel experience and future travel needs. A methodological triangulation consisting of interviews, logbook and co-discovery was used to collect multiple forms of data and explore the older vehicle users travel-needs-influencing factors within the Chinese cultural frameworks. This paper built a concept model to integrate these travel- needs-influencing elements that might give designers new knowledge to assist their innovations. It is envisaged that the proposed model can play an important role in the design process to help designers to better understand the relationship between culture, technology, older users’ experience and design. The application of the model will focuses on designing meaningful concept vehicle for the older Chinese users as a representative example.

Keywords:

vehicle design; product meaning; older vehicle users; experience design

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Designing meaningful vehicle for older users: culture, technology, and experience

This study aimed to achieve understanding from the middle-aged vehicle users and from older vehicle users about differences between their current travel experience and future travel needs. A methodological triangulation consisting of interviews, logbook and co-discovery was used to collect multiple forms of data and explore the older vehicle users travel-needs-influencing factors within the Chinese cultural frameworks. This paper built a concept model to integrate these travel- needs-influencing elements that might give designers new knowledge to assist their innovations. It is envisaged that the proposed model can play an important role in the design process to help designers to better understand the relationship between culture, technology, older users’ experience and design. The application of the model will focuses on designing meaningful concept vehicle for the older Chinese users as a representative example.

 

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