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Driving in the wrong lane: towards a longer life-span for cars

posted on 2023-06-09, 17:19 authored by A Rodrigues, T Cooper, M Watkins
Within the context of product longevity, one especially impactful and ubiquitous product demands further research: the car. Car longevity has been addressed in the context of product life extension and product lifetime optimisation but there have been a few studies on car longevity in the context of business and none specifically from an industrial design context. This paper presents initial findings from preliminary interviews with key industry representatives such as car designers and engineers. It discusses the barriers to and opportunities for designing a car with a longer life-span. This and further data will later be analysed in order to produce a design framework to inform car designers on life-span and usage optimization through design. Strategies such as increased longevity or use- intensity can potentially reduce the throughput – and thereafter the consumption – of cars. Such a shift in the automotive sector would support the transition from a linear economy to a more sustainable one. The initial findings, however, suggest that a longer life car is not an uncompromised solution and important concessions would have to be made in order to make this an acceptable product.


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Product Lifetimes and The Environment

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17-19 June 2015

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Nottigham, UK

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