How To Build A Car Today For Tomorrow
So many automotive manufactures claim to be building vehicles of the future already, so what’s the big deal?
What do I have to offer that is any more revolutionary than what thousands of other engineering designers have not thought of already?
There are already hybrids and all electric powered vehicles. There is already a use of all drive-by-wire electronic controls. There is already a use of modular platforms that allow many of the same components in multiple models.
So who am I to think that I have all the answers for any size automakers to build any size vehicles from a three-part module?
… Drive Frame and Occupant Safety Compartment and Body Panel Set…
First a little summary of my background. Even in my early teens I loved to invent and build things. I especially spent a lot of time drawing designs of cars and trucks. I was even recognized as a prodigy (I had to ask what prodigy meant) by very prominent members of the automotive industry that our family rented a summer cottage from. They offered me, to my mother’s surprise, a job after I graduated college. Her reply was we could not afford college and I was going to vocational high school after that summer and added I was the troubled child that needed to stay busy and focused and that basic academic studies like literature board me.
When I was in vocational high school a neighbor and mentor helped me present my idea for the shock absorbing bumper to an automotive executive that he knew. I got the idea when I saw the taxi cab water filled rubber bumper and proposed a wheel type shock absorber instead. I was even offered a job again after I graduated college that they would help with but decided to take my own path and not work in the automotive industry like my grandfather who made a good living but was not happy with so instead I chose to work in the newly emerging field of computer electronics and pay for my own education from very select and focused classes that did not earn the level of degrees these high level employee positions require.
I started in engineering as a drafter right out of high school back in the day when it was an art form drawn on paper. With every employment my position always expanded because of my natural talents in art and mechanical aptitudes. More than one employer even created a new position in their company to take advantage of my talents but it was never enough to quench my desire to invent new designs and stay busy so I also always had to have side jobs and started my own business contracting my engineering design and development services.
As a contractor for the automotive industry I solved high-frequency digital shielding from the engine electrical noise that helped computers work in vehicles. Proposed the front loader cement truck with the third retractable rear axle as well as using high intensity LED lighting for tail lights on trucks and in the side view mirror for blinkers on cars. I even had a very strong influence on adding the fender feature back into small trucks that also spilled over into cars.
I am an electromechanical engineering designer and scientist and artist with over 35 years of professional experience. This is the engineering discipline that pulls all the mechanical and electrical aspects together for any product. I have worked on hand held devices with a few hundred components and machines that range in size from table top up to bigger than a city block that have tens of millions of parts.
The average automobile has around thirty thousand parts. The average automakers also have all types of engineering disciplines working on their designs but the electromechanical engineer is the one that has to have an understanding of them all and the ability to focus on all their needs.
One of the reasons other engineers like to have me involved in designs is because of my experience. I know how to make the parts economically and put the machine all together ergonomically with a specialty in harsh environment enclosure designs with electrical connections and mechanical interface mounting of related components.
My most common compliment as a designer is that I always bring practical solutions to the table.
With all that said, here is my take on a three-part modular concept for building vehicles today for the future:
Collision Approved Rolling Chassis, Occupant Safety Cage and Body Panels
That Scale From Small Coupes To Large Utility Vehicles
That Slows The Occupants Over A Longer Distance
That Sacrifices Everything To Preserve The Life Of Everyone
No matter whether you build the whole vehicle or parts for the drive chassis or the occupant compartment or body panel sets, this three-part modular design will stand the test of time as the most economical solution with style to greatly increasing occupant survival ratings in any type of high-speed collision event.
To Learn More About This Design Check Out The DEVCO Commuter Coupe