Delivery trucks are uniform in design but not uniform in package quantity. This creates two issues, that you are constantly taking up unnecessary space, and that it is extremely difficult to maneuver such large vehicles. This was solved by the folding and the module design of the storage compartments After many iterations and hours of brainstorming, we came up with the idea of a foldable delivery truck. This would allow the driver to fold and unfold the delivery truck when necessary. Once the driver is finished delivering all of the packages, they would fold the truck making it much easier to drive, especially in urban areas.
Our original design precedent was the caterpillar design at the airport, but we ran into a few issues with that. The main one being the fact that it wastes a lot of space in between compartments. In an industry that banks on transporting maximum cargo with a limited space, the caterpillar design was not feasible. We decided on pursuing a new route, based on the foldable crate design. This ended up being the core concept for our final design. There were also precedents for both locks incorporated.For the foldable sides, we went with a bolt lock design. We 3D printed out the lock holds and used a steel wire as the bolt. The other design we used was a turning key design. This was used to attach two separate components together.
During this studio, we had to do a lot of brainstorming. We brainstormed the idea of a foldable scooter in the cabin, and the idea of compartments attached to the back with rechargeable batteries. We had to scrap those ideas and had to spend hours trying to think of a better solution. We eventually thought of the caterpillar design, like the ones they use in airports. When we realized that we couldn’t fit the wheels into the other compartments, we had to scrap that idea too. We then spent a whole day trying to think of another idea that would work. We finally decided to do a folding compartment attached to a cabin. We also thought of adding batteries, but after hours of thinking we gave up because we didn’t have space for it.
Our first iteration was a combination of our separate ideas. This ended up with a truck with an end compartment with rechargeable batteries and had a foldable cart in the back for delivering mail. We continued this idea, but during the first presentation we had to rethink the whole design because it had too many flaws. After a long time of thinking, we came up with a Truck with end compartments that can fit into each other like the caterpillar cars at your average airport. This idea worked well until we had a few flaws that we couldn’t fix. Once again we had to rethink our design. Our final idea was a truck with an end compartment that can fold onto itself like a collapsible crate. This would solve spacing issues with the big trucks we use today, and it would also be removable.
Our final design is a set of “keys” that lock into locks to be able to connect the compartments to the cabin. It then has hinges to be able to collapse onto itself. It also has a set of lock hinges so that you can lock it without it collapsing onto itself when you don’t want it to. To solve issues with the sides not fitting, we instead decided to put up a canvas to cover the sides. It has only two wheels because any more and we would run into spacing issues. Finally, it has “keys” on the back as well to be able to connect more than one compartment.