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WILMINGTON, Mass.–Everyone who’s driven the Volt on our around-the-country innovation celebration tour enjoys the experience, and often someone will toss out a good future design consideration.
Analog Devices (ADI) took that idea to a whole new plane. When we drove to ADI’s facility on Oct. 5, we were greeted by a huge white tent, filled with tables bending under the weight of coffee, cookies and pastries. (Video excerpts from the event below). During the next five hours, hundreds of ADI employees came out to check out the Volt and another Volt that a local dealer brought, complete with someone to answer questions.
Part and parcel of ADI’s great welcome was a capital crowd-sourcing idea: write down on sticky paper ways in which the Volt should be optimized in future designs and place those ideas on the car.
We received scores of suggestions on colorful stickies stuck to the car (right), ranging from the practical to the whacky and wishful.
The one that made me laugh out loud that morning was “give one away today.” If it were only that easy. Sign up and you may get one at the end of this project.
In any case, here are some of my favorites:
Lower sticker price
More cup holders
More leg room
Same range as my gas-powered car
A smart cruise control that does not attempt to maintain speed under heavy load (like a steep hill)
More horses with same or more battery life
Please make a station wagon version
Five seats, Maybe?
More head room for back seats
Tint windows to help regulate temp. inside car
More head/leg room in backseat
Make one in a SUV. I want to go 4 wheeling in my Chevy Volt
High capacity > 4kw output for emergency home power (there are actually after-market kits for this).
The auxiliary gasoline engine can be a much more efficient design.
More ground clearance
Improved tax benefits for EVs
More traditional display—Analog speedometer, etc.
Options to change display
Built in GPS which actually shows “real” landscapes as you drive along
More safety sensors
Need a solar panel
Electronic dashboard skins, to support personalization
How about a sun roof?
Longer battery life
A little R&D required
Use car’s paint as energy source instead of solar panels
Automatic body color changes. Translucent?
Solar panels to charge batteries
Power the brake lights from solar panels on the roof
IR /MM-WAVE Radar Sensor fusion heads up display (augmented reality)
Self-adjusting space between the car in front of you on the highway
Nice to have
Charge inductively w/o cable
Driver-installable extra batteries to trade off range and cargo
Change the window shading by season to improve cabin heating/cooling
Shorter charge time!
Brake lights come on when you take foot off the accelerator
High power magnets on the grill to draft from the car ahead (EMD–Electromagnetic drafting)
Vertical take-off for traffic jams
Add on battery pack for drag racing
Nuclear powered. Get home and power the house with it
Golf ball dimples on body
I would like to see a 6 tire option
Windmill on car to generate energy
Tom Cruise in passenger seat
Whether you’ve driven (or own) a Volt or not, given what you know, what suggestions would you make for optimizing the design in the future?
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