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A Human-Centered Design of General-Purpose Unmanned Electric Vehicle Chassis for Agriculture Task Payload

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Kuang Ma

School of Design,
Otago Polytechnic,
100 ANZAC Avenue,
Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
e-mail: makuang@mac.com

Ziming Qi

Director of Centre for Research,
Engineering, and Design,
New Zealand;
Otago Polytechnic,
100 ANZAC Avenue,
Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
e-mail: tqi@op.ac.nz

Contributed by the Computers and Information Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING. Manuscript received January 26, 2016; final manuscript received August 18, 2016; published online February 16, 2017. Assoc. Editor: ChiKit Au.

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 17(3), 031004 (Feb 16, 2017) (6 pages) Paper No: JCISE-16-1041; doi: 10.1115/1.4034740 History: Received January 26, 2016; Revised August 18, 2016

This paper presents the design process of a novel general-purpose electric vehicle chassis as agriculture payload carrier platform to perform agricultural tasks: detection, guidance, mapping, and action. This design applied a human-centered design frameworks and processes: Kumar's seven modes of the design innovation process, and the three lenses of human-centered design by IDEO. After approach from three design-project perspectives mapping, a universal electric-powered multiwheel independent drive and independent steering robotic vehicle platform is designed for agricultural application. A real size prototype has been built to prove the design.

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Kumar's seven modes of the design innovation process

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Human-centered design process flow based on the three lenses by IDEO

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The overlap of three design-projects perspectives

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The multiple modes approaching of adapting Kumar's frameworks

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A power-on-wheel unit

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System structure of 4WIDIS EV

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All the direction maneuverability of 4WIDIS EV

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Capability features of the new concepts

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Conceptual landscape for future development direction of 4WIDIS EV

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Project concept landscape mapping

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Prototype design drawing

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Final fully functional prototype



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