Vehicle Design for Elderly Chinese Drivers: a Culture-specific Travel Needs Model

Zhao, Chao, Popovic, Vesna, Ferreira, Luis, & Lu, Xiaobo (2007) Vehicle Design for Elderly Chinese Drivers: a Culture-specific Travel Needs Model. In International Association of Societies of Design Research 2007, 12-15 November, Hong Kong, China.


This research explores the current and future travel needs of older Chinese drivers. A methodological triangulation consisting of interviews, logbook and co-discovery was used to collect multiple forms of data and explore the research question. This study developed an initial concept model to identify older drivers’ travel needs. Vehicle meaning reflects users’ needs and gives a tangible expression about users’ experiences. The model demonstrates that the Chinese culture acts as a dynamic link among travel need factors. 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 and design. The application of the model will focuses on concept vehicle design as a representative example.

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ID Code: 11081
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the Conference website (see hypertext link) or contact the authors.
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Keywords: Elderly vehicle users’ needs, Vehicle meaning, Culture, Design
ISBN: 9889910144
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult authors)
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:31

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