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Old Sun, Nov-18-2018, 10:06:33 PM   #1
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Question Aftermarket Roof Accessory market research survey

Hello All!

My name is Kenneth Demoyse and I am currently a senior studying Industrial Design.

One area I focus my design on is the aftermarket automotive accessory industry. Right now I have a graduation project design of a new roof mounted storage solution.

Please take this short (2.5min) survey to help my graduation project! I would love the thoughts from the community members here as I think there are a lot of us in the demographic that these products target.

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Survey Link HERE

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Many vehicles that utilize roof top cargo boxes do not regularly take them off after use. These items are large, heavy and cumbersome. This is one of the only roof mounted accessories that most people cannot safely remove by themselves. Even with modern aerodynamic designs, current roof mounted accessories can reduce fuel economy by up to 30% U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information


U.S. Department of Energy journal article “Fuel consumption impacts of auto roof racks” in the volume 92 journal of "Energy Policy" estimates show that nationwide, roof racks are responsible for 0.8% of light duty vehicle fuel consumption in 2015, corresponding to 100 million gallons of gasoline per year. The study published in the journal projects fuel consumption penalty into 2040, at which time usage of roof racks is estimated to increase by about 200 percent in the United States Science Direct Link

Designing a lower profile, easily collapsible roof mounted option can help. This style design can be a more eco-friendly alternative to other options on the market and also save the user money in the long run.




again.... 100 million gallons of gasoline per year, just from roof racks
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Default Re: Aftermarket Roof Accessory market research survey

Great responses so far.

The feedback is exactly what's needed to pinpoint design changes (or new design elements)

Keep them coming if anyone has not chimed in yet!
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removing the racks when not in use is the most logical idea...I'm looking at you Subaru and VW drivers

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