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

Chao Zhao, Vesna Popovic, Xiaobo LU

Tsinghua University, Queensland University of Technology, Tsinghua University

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


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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Cite this paper: Zhao, C., Popovic, V., Lu, X. (2016). Designing meaningful vehicle for older users: culture, technology, and experience. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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