According to the United States Department of Transportation, in 2000, over three-fourths of the trips made to and from work were made by individuals traveling alone in a car, sport utility vehicle, or truck.
- commuter cars (2012) – used for getting to and from work, usually for the short-haul slog through urban traffic, although some people have to drive a hundred miles as part of their daily routine. these can be anything from affordable econo-boxes to full-fledged luxury models.
- sustainable commuter vehicle, or SCV – Environmentally friendly – the vehicle produces as little pollution and greenhouse gases as possible and uses sources of renewable energy. Acceptable to the commuter – the vehicle is convenient, comfortable, and affordable.
Challenges for you to work on…
- commute car design – follow the case study provided and work along. Compare your criteria and constraints with the ones developed by the design team. What are the strengths of your criteria when compared to the design team’s? What are the weaknesses? Are each of your criteria measurable? Does each accurately reflect the problem statement?