The flexible load carrying system - Vide
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Abstract Today there are many different load carrying systems (LCSs) on the market, but many of them are designed for a very specific use, like transporting a kayak or bike. And even if a there is load carrying systems that can carry and transport different types of loads the attachment and length of them does not allow them to be attached to any car. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to identify problems and unfulfilled needs regarding today’s load carrying systems and use that information to design a concept that meet these needs and solve these problems. Initially, a research of the current marked helped with finding out what current load carrying systems there are. Alongside this, a series of user studies were executed. During the user studies the participants contributed with information that led to the identification of different problem areas. The data collected from the research and user studies was then used to compile a list of requirements. Further, ideas were generated in several steps to create subfunctions which later were combined into concepts through a morphological matrix. These concepts were then tested with the help of prototypes and evaluated, which resulted in one concept to proceed with in the project. Lastly this concept was developed further to optimize it so that it fulfilled the identified unmet needs, which generated the final concept that is called Vide. Vide consists of two foldable roof racks and four suction cup devices.
load carrying system, transport solution, design process, roof rack, suction cups