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Page of content: 1. Reflection on lecture 2. Volvo 3. Sustainability 4. Volvo XC 90 Accessories 5. Ideas 6. Camping 7. Campervans 8. Best to buy 9. Solar power 10. Inflatable tent 11. Collaborations 12. Tent design 13. Tent specs 14.Extras 15. Reference

Notes and reflection on introductory lecture Volvo vision: “To be the world’s most progressive car ...” Volvo competitors:

Extra Swedish design to research the heritage: Delta powerboats, Acne shoes, Tesla, Faraday bike, Tree house (house).

Human nature rejects complexity and seeks simplicity. Unlike the car category. People pay more for simple and intuitive tech experience. Volvo Costumer: Informed and independent minded, cosmopolitan individuals between 35 - 55 with healthy lifestyle. Seek an alternative kind of luxury that is less superficial and more thoughtful. Have a collaborative mindset and look for brands that involve them with storytelling and co-creation. Their costumers passion: 1. Art design 2. I phone 3. Innovative technology 4. Environment 5. Cycling XC90: Fuel passions, Go where people are, Grow an audience, All paths lead to XC90 ---> world’s strongest iphone cover, life paint, sonic wallpaper. To raise awareness of the superior interior air quality in the All new XC90 we emphasized on the perception of Sedan air...

Checklist for ideas provided by Volvo team for us: 1.Is it simple? 2.Is it designed around you? 3.Is it true to Volvo’s heritage? 4. Does it emphasise a Volvo design values? 5. Is it just marketing or can it be sold? 6. Is it progressive luxury? Reflection: In regards of the marketing campaign we saw about Swedish air WE can take down important elements of the car and emphasize on them whilst creating our ideas (this might be more true for marketing rather creating an actual new

General research about Volvo Aktiebolaget Volvo is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo means “I roll” in Latin, conjugated from “volvere”, in relation to ball bearing. The name Volvo was originally registered in May 1911 as a separate company within SKF AB and as a registered trademark with the intention to be used for a special series of ball bearing. In 1999, Volvo sold its car division Volvo Cars to Ford Motor Company for $6.45 billion. Starting in 2005, Volvo reported to shareholders that it was not profitable, and in 2008, Ford decided to sell its interest in Volvo Cars. In August 2010, Ford completed its sale of Volvo Cars to the Chinese motor manufacturer Geely Automobile (Zhejiang Geely Holding Group) for $1.8 billion. Similarity to other cars

station wagons, sedans, compact executive sedans, and coupes. With approximately 2,300 local dealers from around 100 national sales companies worldwide, Volvo Cars’ largest markets are the United States, Sweden, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Belgium. In 2011, Volvo Cars recorded global sales of 449,255 cars, an increase of 20.3% compared to 2010

“Cars are driven by people. The guiding principle behind everything we make at Volvo, therefore, is and must remain, safety”, Assar Gabrielsson and Gustav Larson 1927 A collection of Volvo’s most important historical vehicles are now housed in The Volvo Museum, which opened in a permanent location in Arendal at Hisingen on May 30, 1995. For several years, the collection had been housed at “The Blue Hangar,” at the then closed Torslanda Airport. In the early 1970s, Volvo acquired the passenger car division of the Dutch company DAF, and marketed their small cars as Volvos before releasing the Dutch-built Volvo 340, which went on to be one of the biggest-selling cars in the UK market in the 1980s

When Volvo Group sold its car division Volvo Car Corporation to Ford Motor Company (for $6.45 billion during 2000), it was placed within the Premier Automotive Group alongside Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin. Volvo engineering resources and components would be used in various Ford, Land Rover and Aston Martin products, with the second generation Land Rover Freelander designed on the same platform as the second generation Volvo S80. The Volvo T5 petrol engine was used in the Ford Focus ST and RS performance models, and Volvo’s satellite navigation system was used on certain Aston Martin Vanquish, DB9 and V8 Vantage models.

Ford managment

Volvo Cars

Volvo cars have long been marketed and stressed their historic reputation for solidity and reliability. Prior to strong government safety regulation Volvo had been in the forefront in safety.

Volvo Cars manufactures and markets sport utility vehicles, station

After Ford sold Jaguar Land Rover to Tata Motors of India in 2008, the company initially decided to keep Volvo Cars despite mounting losses and gross economic downturns. Ford decided to restructure plans for Volvo Cars, pushing it further up market alongside the lower end of Mercedes and BMW sedans, wagons, and SUV crossovers. The outcome was the luxurious second generation Volvo S80 and the new small premium crossover Volvo XC60. Safety

Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin invented and patented the modern 3-Point Safety Belt The 1960 introduced the first three-point seat belt for the middle of the rear seat and a child safety cushion integrated in the middle armrest. 1995 Volvo was the first to introduce side airbags and installed them as standard equipment needed in all models in 1996 In 1998 Volvo installed a head-protecting airbag, which was made standard in all new models as well as some existing models. ... It has been stated by many testing authorities that side head protecting curtain airbags can reduce the risk of death in a side impact by up to 40% and brain injury by up to 55%, as well as protecting during a rollover. In 2005, Volvo presented the second generation of Volvo C70, which came with extra stiff door-mounted inflatable side curtains (the first of its kind in a convertible). Even though Volvo Car Corporation was owned by the Ford Motor Company, Volvo’s safety systems are still standard on all Volvo vehicles. Volvo has patented all its safety innovations, including SIPS, WHIPS, ROPS, DSTC, and body structures. Some of these systems were fitted to other Ford vehicles in forms similar to those of Volvo systems, but only because Volvo licensed the FOMOCO and other PAG members to utilize these features However, according to the IIHS, in recent years Volvo Cars have still managed to maintain their high class safety ratings as seen in test results. The Volvo XC90, S80, C70, XC60, S60 and C30 are all rated Top Safety Picks in these crash tests.


-Passenger steelcage -Laminated windThe world’s first Volvo shields - World’s first 3-point - 1944 seat belts -Padded instrument panel

-First rear-facing child seat -Crumple zones added -3-point belts standard in rear


-Collapsible steering column -Energy absorbing -Childproof locks on bumpers doors -Rear reel safety belts -Isolated fuel tank protected from rear -Rear center 3-point collisions seat belt 1987-2002 -Front airbag -Child booster in rear center -First side impact protection

-Auto. front height adjust. seat belts -3-point lap/shoulder seat belts -First side impact airbag -Rollover protection system


-First integrated 2-step booster cushion w/ extended IC & force limiter adapter for children

-First child safety booster cushion -Wide angle rear view mirror -Front and rear antisubmarining protection -ABS brakes -First whiplash protection system -First full length inflatable curtain -Child seat mounting system -Dual stage frontal airbags

-Volvo safety center opened -Volvo safety concept car -Rollover stability control using gyro sensor -Linda: the virtual crash-test dummy

-First blind spot info. system -Rear safety belt warning -W. repellent glass -first door mounted inflatable curtain -Collision warning w/ brake support

-First patented front structure -Intelligent driver info. system -Rear safety belt warning 2007-2010

-Front seat head restrains -Front seat inertia reel belts -Accident research team

-Driver alert system including driver alert control and lane departure warning -Collision warning with auto brake

-First city safety system for avoiding low speed collisions -New range of seat restraints for infants & children up to 12 yrs. -Worlds first pedestrian detection w/ full auto brake

Current models Today, the company uses a system of letters denoting body style followed by the series number. S stands for sedan (car), C stands for coupé or convertible (including 3-doorhatchback aka shooting brake) and V stands for versatile as in station wagon. XC stands for cross country originally added to a more rugged V70 model as the V70XC and indicates all wheel paired with a raised suspension to give it a mock SUV look. Volvo would later change the name to the XC70 in keeping with its car naming consistent with the XC90. So a V50 is an estate (“V”) that is smaller than the V70. Originally, Volvo was planning a different naming scheme. S and C were to be the same, but “F”, standing for flexibility, was to be used on station wagons. When Volvo introduced the first generation S40 and V40 in 1995, they were announced as the S4 and F4. However, Audi complained that it had inherent rights to the S4 name, since it names its sporty vehicles “S”, and the yet to be introduced sport version of the Audi A4 would have the S4 name. Volvo agreed to add a second digit, so the vehicles became the S40 and F40. However, that led to a complaint from Ferrari, who used the Ferrari F40 name on their legendary sports car. This led to Volvo switching the “F” to “V”, for versatile. As of January 2012, all coupes (C30 and C70) are based on Volvo P1 small car platform. •

Small Cars (Ford C1 platform) o Volvo V40 2012–present (M/Y 2013–)

Large Cars (Ford D3 platform) o Volvo XC90 2002–present (M/Y 2003–2014)

Large Cars (Ford EUCD platform) o Volvo S60 2010– (M/Y 2011-) o Volvo V60 2010– (M/Y 2011-) o Volvo S80 2006–present (M/Y 2007–) o Volvo V70 2007–present (M/Y 2008–) o Volvo XC60 2008–present (M/Y 2009–) o Volvo XC70 2007–present (M/Y 2008–)

Large Cars (Scalable Product Architecture) (SPA) Volvo o Volvo XC90 2015- (M/Y 2016-)

Marketing Logo: The Volvo symbol is an ancient chemistry sign for iron. The iron sign is used to symbolize the strength of iron used in the car as Sweden is known for its quality iron. The diagonal line (a strip of metal) across the grille came about to hold the actual symbol, a circle with an arrow, in front of the radiator.

In 2011, Volvo Cars is the main sponsor of the winter sports and music festival Snowbombing in Austria.

Volvo has since the 1950s had special international sales programs for customers assigned abroad, for example Diplomat Sales, Military Sales and Expat Sales. In 2012, Volvo signed NBA star Jeremy Lin to an endorsement agreement. Over the next two years Mr. Lin will participate in Volvo’s corporate and marketing activities as a “brand ambassador” for Volvo Car Corp.

Volvo XC90

Safety As with all Volvo models, the car’s safety is a key part of its design. The Volvo XC90’s front end is specifically designed to absorb frontal impacts and also deflect any pedestrians up on to the hood of the vehicle rather than underneath the vehicle. Volvo has patented the unique frontal structure that has renowned crumple zones, and predetermined positions for the engine and other ancillaries during a frontal impact. The XC90’s roof is reinforced with ultra-high-strength steel to help prevent a collapse in the passenger cavity in the event of a roll over. The XC90 has been designed on the rear end to absorb impact energy, but the occupants are also protected by a whiplash protection system. This Volvo WHIPS system cradles the entire body of the occupants when they are jolted during a rear end collision.

The Volvo XC90 is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV produced by Volvo Cars since it was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show 2002. It is based on the P2 platform, shared with the first generation Volvo S80 and other large Volvo cars. As Volvo’s top-selling vehicle in the United States, the XC90 was also Volvo’s best selling model worldwide in 2005 with 85,994 cars sold. The XC90 won the North American Car of the Year award and Motor Trend magazine’s Sport/Utility of the Year for 2003. The XC90 is produced at Volvo’s Torslanda Plant (Torslandaverken) in Sweden. The host of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, has owned three of these vehicles, and claims they were designed by someone who must’ve had children due to its immense practicality.

2007 facelift The XC90 was updated for 2007 with a restyled front and rear and a revised interior. The 235 hp (175 kW; 238 PS) 3.2 L SI6 straight-6 engine replaced the 208 hp (155 kW; 211 PS)B524T2 straight-5 in the base model for the US market. The 2007 XC90 debuted in April 2006 at the New York Auto Show. 2009, 2010, and 2012 updates For the 2009 model year, the XC90 received a new rear logo, featuring larger lettering with wider spaces between the “VOLVO� letters. In 2010, all XC90 models received painted wheel arches (previously they were optional). In addition, a new, larger, circular Volvo logo appeared on the front grille. For the 2012 model year, new LED tail-lights became available on certain models, although entry-level models retain the previous style. For 2013, the XC90 received a cosmetic refresh that included standard LED daytime running lights and taillights, and an exterior touchup that saw the addition of body color bumpers, rocker panels, and new silver trim to replace the black plastic that was previously used. The refreshed model went on sale during late spring 2012. Base price wasUS$40,395 for a front-wheel drive Base model.[17] For the 2014 model year the base price is US$39,700. Second generation (2014) In May 2012 Volvo announced that the second generation XC90 will go into production in late 2014. The new lineup will come with a plug-in hybrid, the top-of-the-line model, and other four cylinder petrol and diesel Drive-E engines too. The S.U.V. will be sold in Europe, Asia and North America, where Volvo expects to sell at least a third of global sales in the United States. This line up

includes a 225hp D5 twin turbo diesel engine and 190hp D4 turbo diesel engine. Two other petrol engine will also be included in the line up including the T6 turbo engine with an output of 320hp and a T5 with 254hp. Plug-in hybrid Together with the new generation XC90, Volvo plans to launch in April 2015 a plug-in hybrid version based on technology used in the Volvo V60 PHEV. The XC90 PHEV will combine a 2-litre gasoline-powered direct-injected engine in front, combined with two electric motors, one of them at the rear to provide all-wheel drive capabilities. Volvo is targeting a fuel economy of about 2.0 L/100 km (140 mpg-imp; 120 mpg-US) and emissions of 50g/km of CO2. The 2015 Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid is expected to have an all-electric range of 40 km (25 mi). The plug-in hybrid XC90 is expected to deliver 400 hp and accelerate to 100 km (62 mi) in 6.4 seconds.

Brand New Volvo XC90

The New Volvo XC90 has an option available to build your own Volvo XC90. You can chooseyour own type of engine. Choose exterior: colour and alloy wheels. Interior: make a choice in upolhestery, trim, steering wheel, gear lever. Choose on of the packs: Winter Pack, Head-Up Display, Illumination Pack, Intellisafe Pro, Family Pack, Xenium Pack, Power Front Cushion Extensions, Homelink, Seven Seat Comfort Pack, Apple CarPlay.

It’s no secret. Volvo makes its cars safer with innovations that lead the car industry.

XC90 Fashion and Accessories For all its faults, it’s hard not to like the XC90. As said right from the start, it is beginning to feels its age, but somehow it oozes an oldworld charm that more than makes up for it. There’s a new XC90 out next year boasting power from Volvo’s new and altogether more economical 4 cylinder diesel engine; an interesting proposition if ever there was one. It promises to bring things right back up to date. If turns out to be half as good as the existing XC90 and you’re looking for a slightly less showy but equally stylish SUV in the same vein as the Mercedes M-Class or BMW’s X5 it should be well worth your attention. Auxiliary lamps If you do a lot of night driving, auxiliary lamps provide a stronger high beam.

Alcoguard Alcoguard is a new integrated system designed to help the driver avoid driving under the effects of alcohol. Before starting the car, the driver blows into a wireless hand held unit that communicates with the car’s electronic control systems. The breath sample is analysed and the result visually displayed on the unit. If the person intending to drive leaves a sample with an alcohol content of over 0.2 g/l, Alcoguard prevents the car from being started. The system is built around the same technology as that used by police forces and is very easy to use.

Warning triangle This lightweight wide-angle reflector stands upright to alert other road users even in strong winds and on slippery surfaces. It folds easily and stores in its own case.

Snow chains Snow chains help the front drive wheels maintain grip in the snowiest and iciest conditions. Even in difficult conditions, they are easy to fit.

Snow socks Don’t let snow and ice prevent you from reaching your destination. When needed, you conveniently pull these socks over the driving wheels to maximize your grip and traction. This is the perfect driving aid on snowy and icy roads. And when road conditions have improved, just pull off the socks and store them under the luggage compartment floor until the winter strikes back again. The snow socks are made of a strong and resilient high-tech fibre material which is roughened during use to provide optimal friction on snow and ice.

Park assist sensors, rear and front Activated when you engage reverse gear, rear park assist helps you when reversing into tight spaces. The audio system is turned down and a pulsating sound from the rear loudspeakers becomes a continuous tone as you approach an obstacle. Front park assist performs a similar function at the front of the vehicle – alerting you via the front loudspeakers. Automatically dimmed inner rearview mirror with compass This is a mirror that automatically adjusts itself to deflect the headlamp beams of the car behind you. When there’s no light to dazzle you, it automatically readjusts to its normal setting. And to help you take a bearing, your direction is continuously displayed in the rear view mirror glass. Parking Assistance Camera, rear Increasing your field of vision behind the car, the Park Assist Camera is discretely mounted in the boot lid. The RTI navigation screen is used to show the driver the close-up rear view. Including the edge of the bumper, and the tow bar if one is fitted, this camera perspective allows the driver to park, or line-up to a trailer, with great precision. The image on the screen also includes guidelines to show the trajectory of the car in real time. The system cuts in, and out, together with reverse gear.

Cruise controlConveniently operated from thesteering wheel, cruise control allows you to drive in a more relaxed way without having to keep your foot on the accelerator. The car maintains the speed you choose until you turn off the cruise control or press the brake, accelerator or clutch. After braking or using the clutch, the car returns to its previous cruising speed at the touch of a button. Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) dual screenWith Volvo’s DVD-based RSE dual screen, the rear seat passengers can enjoy a film or play a game – together or separately. Two 8-inch widescreen displays are integrated in the front seat head restraints and provide excellent imagequality. Wireless headphones keep things calm in the cabin and you can listen to the music or programme of your choice. Via an AUX input, you can also connect external devices such as an iPod®, MP3 player. USB and iPod® Music Interface Conveniently hidden under the front centre armrest, this connector integrates your iPod® and a USB device to the audio system in your Volvo (Performance, High Performance with 6-CD changer or Premium Sound with 6-CD changer). Playlists, songs and artists are displayed, and you can select your music via the audio controls, steering wheel integrated controls or rearheadphone connectors.

Comfort pillow Adding extra head support, the pillow will make extra-long journeys fly by.

Remote start for fuel-driveheater Push a button and enjoy a warm welcome in cold winter days. Within a range of 600 meters, this convenient remote control allows you to start the heater without going out to your car. Its compact shape makes it easy to bring on your car key chain. Up to three remote start keys can be connected simultaneously.

Sunshade, rear side windows Easily attached to the rear door windows, these sunshades help reduce the heat and glare of direct sunlight. Adding to the distinct looks of your Volvo, they also give a tinted windows look. Simple to remove when they’re not needed.

Electric heater In cold weather, an electric engine heater will make your car easier to start, help avoid engine wear and help reduce environmental impact. Adding a separate cabin heater to the electric engine heater means your cabin is warmer and your windows defrost faster.

Compartment heater, electric When the weather’s cold, adding a separate compartment heater to the electric engine heater means your cabin is warmer and your windows defrost faster. The output is adjusted automatically according to the temperature inside your car. The heater is connected to a power outlet inside the passenger compartment.

Front and rear mudflaps Not only do they complement your car’s design – they’ll also reduce splashing along the sides of your car. And by producing less spray, they improve visibility and safety for traffic behind you. Another advantage is that our mudflaps are made of a soft material, which can recover from impacts.

Electric cooler and heater box Beyond keeping your drinks cold in the load compartment, this can be used as a hot box to keep food warm. This connects to the poer outlet in the load compartment and is secured with mounting straps.

Protective car cover An elegant cover specially designed to protect your Volvo from dirt, when it is not used for extended periods of time

Drive-E POWERTRAINS All-new Drive-E powertrains combine the low-fuel consumption and emissions of a four-cylinder engine with the handling and performance of a six or eight-cylinder. The result:a smooth,powerful ride with lessstops at the pump.

CLEANZONE CleanZone is Volvo approach to heir vehicle’s interior environment. Volvo offers an Interior Air Quality System that checks incoming air for pollutants and closes the vents when necessary. An active carbon filter also protects you from harmful gases and unpleasant odours so you can breathe in and out, happily and healthily.

PLUG-IN HYBRIDS With diesel plug-in hybrid and our Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid, your driving experience is your choice. Easily switch between driving modes to choose the power you need. For maximum sustainabilityJust he aded to work? Switch to pure/eco mode for quick trips across town. You’ll use zero fuel and produce zero emissions For a more optimized drive Hybrid mode uses both the electric and petrol motors inparallel, with their operation optimized to wherever the road takes you. ENVIRONMENT Creating a sustainable future At Volvo, we don’t do anything without considering our long-term responsibility to the environment. That’s why we create energy-efficientcars, keep cleaner factories and even minimise our total environmental impact by using 85% recyclable materials on every car.

All new Volvo cars are 85% recyclable and 95% recoverable

Climate neutral manufacturing Volvo Cars’ focus on other energy sources than oil has been going on for more than 25 years. Back in 1982 the company took the first step by using residual heat from the nearby refineries to heat the factory in Torslanda, Sweden. In 1988 Volvo started using natural gas, which was the main fuel for heating its European factories (Sweden and Belgium) and, from 1 January 2008, Volvo’s European manufacturing units now only use green electricity – hydropower. This is Volvo’s latest step in making its production climate neutral and future plans may also extend to other energy sources such as biogas and wind-power. Material selection

Volvo Cars’ commitment to environmental activities and continuous investment to help reduce its carbon footprint goes far beyond lowering CO2 emissions. Volvo’s ‘Clean inside and out’ programme represents a holistic approach to the environmental impact of the car. Recycle, Re-use A recent European Commission study stated that all new vehicles should be at least 85% recyclable or reusable by 2015. All new Volvo cars reached this figure in 2002. Volvo ensures all new models are 85% recyclable and designed for 95% recoverability. The use of recycled materials such as steel, iron, aluminium and many other metals is common practice, while metals from the catalytic convertor are reused in new catalysts. Even the Volvo battery plastic covers become the wheel-arch liners on new cars.

Volvo continues its dedication to customer care by removing harmful materials traditionally associated with automotive production from its manufacturing processes. All traces of lead, cadmium, mercury and chromium can no longer be found in a Volvo, even the tanning procedure to create the leather in the seats has been changed to avoid the use of chromium. Recycle parts and exchange In addition to responsible manufacturing, servicing is also an environmentally friendly activity. Volvo has created the Volvo Exchange System where used parts are collected from dealers and remanufactured to the same quality as new parts. The Volvo Exchange System offers reconditioned, guaranteed. Assess Volvo’s wholelife impact Volvo provides environmental information to customers, in the form of the Volvo EPI (Environmental Product Information) for all of its models, split by engine and transmission.

Ideas: 1.Interactive children games – to keep them entertained while journey but rather than computer games these are more stimulating for the mind. Might reflect Swedish heritage in them, be produced from sustainable materials. 2.Volvo shoes - mud, dust, woodland, snow, ice, sand what would you wear ifyou don’t have the car with you or you can’t drive through those roads? Volvo shoes would protect you from mud, dirt etc. Soles could be made from reused rubber car wheels. 3.Volvo playground - playground for kids made from reused Volvo car parts, can be decorated and involve Swedish themes and games. 4. Volvo day out - Day out for all family. As Volvo costumer is 35 -55 they are likely to have kids also Volvo XC90 is spacious enough to be a family car. During the day out adults the potential costumers have a full day of trying outnew Volvo XC90 (driving, short seminars, engine exploring etc.) Meanwhile kids can be dropped off in the playground were they would learn more about\Volvo during interactive games and maybe win some prizes, so they would encourage their dad and mum to get the actual car. 5.Volvo fuel drink for people - Volvo likes to take care of their costumers so this is a fuel vitamin drink from Volvo which contains essential vitamins to boost your health.

Most of my ideas got declined by a team, but we did researched a possibility of interactive children games in the car. Next I present my extra research on this.

Continuing on “Interactive children games” idea: There are many popular games for kids while travelling in the car, such as: I spy, Guess the tune, 20 questions, Alphabetical game with road signs, Car count and so on. Some activities for kids in the car which involve some physical objects as well such as cards, magnetic board, games, online games on Ipad, colouring books and so on. “Don’t underestimate the power of a deck of cards or a board game. Simple card games --whether they use standard decks of cards or are specialized card games like Uno or Apples” (

Suggestions: 1. We can create cards about cars something similar to UNO cards, but the movements and assignments while playing would involve car logic and Volvo car pictures? (Can be fun not only playing in the car but inside as well) “Several board games come in magnetic versions specifically designed for travel. The board is usually a metal case, and the pieces contain magnets that stick to the board. That way your children can play their favorite games and you don’t have to worry about losing the pieces.” (

Activity: Find a box that you can fill up for each child. The box can consist of: Drawing items such as crayons, pencils, stickers and colouring books.Toys that are not too noisy or big, such as stuffed toys. Travel sized board games that are easy to play. CD’s with music or stories that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Drink bottles and snack foods that are easy to open and eat with minimal mess.

2. We can create a board game which involves cars. It might be something similar to monopoly game, but it would involve car buying, and building an info structure which can be around sustainability and Volvo? A car activity box When travelling with kids it’s great to be prepared and organised. A car activity box has lots of great activities that will keep kids entertained for hours. What you need: Colouring books Pencils Crayons Soft toys Books Stickers CD’s Travel sized board games Drinks Snack foods

3.Maybe we can create A Volvo activity box for parents. It would contain all the essentials which would be made from recycled plastic, paper, wood, etc. All produced specially for Volvo. The box itself may have some Swedish traditional board games. The activity box could be given as a gift for a families buying new VolvoXC90, or bought separatly at selected shops. The point of this idea is to ease adults life without thinking what they need to pack to entertain their kids during journey as well as its a good advertising as kids would spread the world among themselves about amazing games they have from Volvo. Quite a good way to attrackt new adult costumers and involve future generation into Volvo brand.

After discussing our ideas in the team and during one of the meetings with Jessica and Rob we have decided to research only the idea of camping or luxury glamping. This is my research for it. In regards of camping there are such problems as: 1. Choosing the wrong size tent 2. Not testing all your equipment beforehand: Yes it sounds a bit nerdy but trust me, the time you don’t want to discover missing tent pegs, a broken sleeping bag zip, a snapped washing line, a leak in the air mattress or a cooker that doesn’t work is when you’re four hours drive away from any means of sorting out the problem. Before you set off, pitch your tent somewhere and pour water over to check it is still weatherproof. Likewise get to know the rest of your gear by putting it through its paces. 3. Arriving late to the campsite 4. Relying on a campfire or barbecues for cooking: Even the most staunch sausage fan will be sick of flame-charred meat after a few days. What’s more, starting a cooking fire or lighting a barbecue every time you get peckish or want to boil up water will go through your resources quickly, take a long time and leave you frustrated and hungry. As well as checking in advance that you’re allowed fires or barbecues where you’re staying, always take insurance - pack a decent gas cooking stove and spare gas canisters too. Oh, and matches, ideally kept in a waterproof container. 5. Going too basic in the bedroom You won’t sleep well and you’ll hate going to bed. If you know you’ll long for pillows, pack them. Ensure sleeping bags are going to be warm enough for the weather forecasted and that you always have an air-filled layer between your bag and the ground. Thermarests are great for weight and warmth but for ultimate comfort an air mattress probably wins out. Or a camp bed.

6.Cooking in your tent. There have been some tragic cases where people have asphyxiated themselves using a stove (sometimes even temporary barbecues) inside tents for cooking or warmth. Obviously there is the risk of fire, but carbon monoxide poisoning is a swift and silent killer in unventilated spaces. There are nature risks to cooking inside as well: in bear country the smell of cooking wafting from a tent is practically suicide. Some tents have vented vestibules designed for stove use but, as a rule, it’s wise to never cook inside your tent. 7.Bringing insufficient lighting The nights can get pretty long under the stars and unless you want to turn in as soon as it gets dark, battery-powered or solar lanterns are a good idea. At a minimum, a head torch is indispensable and leaves your hands free to do other things – like reading or (more likely) the washing up. Again, check it works before leaving and pack extra batteries. 8.Forgetting books or a ‘bored box’ Crucial in bad weather, on long evenings and whenever you’re camping with the family are games, books, cards, toys, telescopes, pen and pencils – whatever you can fit in the car, really. Basically these are the things that will keep you all sane if the heavens open for two days straight, confining you and the little ones to canvas. It pays to go quite old-school here – no one wants to hear Disney films blaring out from next door’s tent. Little iPods loaded with audiobooks are OK. Some of the videos here about how to set up for camping: Please do watch they usefull. Luxury stay in the car Do watch this one its showes roof tent:

Facts and figures about camping The ‘staycation’... In 2009, camping and caravanning trips by UK residents grew by 20%, ahead of overall domestic holiday growth of 17% (source: UKTS)Meanwhile, holiday trips abroad by UK residents fell by 15% from 46m in 2008 to 38m in 2009 - the largest annual decline in overseas holidays for more than 25 years (source: National Statistics) - reaching 36m in 2012 ...continuing in the 2010s

Celebrities and quirky camping

According to VisitBritain research in 2010, 90% of “staycationers” expect to take at least one England break in 2010 - the 2009 experience has improved opinions of holidaying at home for many, and left them keen to discover more Holiday trips abroad in the first half of 2010 declined by 10% versus the same period in 2009 - equivalent to a reduction of 26% in the last two years (source: National Statistics) Registrations of new touring caravans rose by 14% in the first quarter of 2010 (source: European Caravan Federation)

A three-bedroom caravan at Abersoch, North Wales - complete with underfloor heating and a luxury Italian kitchen - was sold for £550,000 to a millionaire couple in December 2010 Richard Hammond of Top Gear fame has published a book – a Short History of Caravans – and has destroyed 56 caravans during his time on the show

Other trends 90% ofstayca/oners expect to take at least one England break in 2010 – the 2009 experience has improved opinions of holidaying at home for many, and le them keen to discover more, though this may mean taking shorter breaks rather than a longer holiday. The con/nued impact of the recessionmeans that some will have to take domes/c breaks again in 2010 for financial reasons, but there are signs that a more permanent shi in a1tudes is star/ng to happen, with almost half the popula/on (and 70% of stayca/ oners) expec/ng that beyond 2010 they will take more holidays in the UK than they have in the past. Camping and caravaning is green, cheaper and takes less time than foreign travel. For a typical journey comparison, a family would save 8.6 hours of travel time, spend 92% less on transport costs, and save 95% of their CO2 emissions - enough to brew 80,472 cups of tea. There has been a 50% increase in ‘glamping’ sites listed on in 2011

At £9,600 for two for a four-night stay, Britain’s most expensive campsite is believed to be Camp Kerala in Shepton Mallet, near Glastonbury. The cost includes interstage festival tickets and Winnebago access, food and concierge (it’s £900 extra for an ensuite toilet, and visitors pay extra for drinks, spa treatment...and helicopter transport)

Images of Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Jamie Oliver and Jodie Kidd on camping trips have made camping cool again. However, celebrities have also driven a new trend in luxury camping Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes have taken camping holidays both as a family this year and previously before the birth of their daughter Suri Designers including Ted Baker and Cath Kidston have created stylish tents ranges. Many campsites now offer tipis, wigwams and yurts (Mongolian-style domed tents) UK TV programmes have increased the interest in UK camping and caravanning holidays including Coast, Rick Stein’s Food Heroes, BBC 4 Documentary Caravans – A British Love Affair and Julia Bradbury’s Railway Walks. The Caravan Channel is available four days a week from 7pm on Sky 166 and Freesat 406 The Kabes Royal Tower at 4.5m is the tallest caravan you can buy, with two storeys and a balcony

AA Campsite of the Year

The AA annually awards the title of national and regional campsites of the year to sites in recognition of exceptionally high standards, service and presentation. To shortlist a potential award winner the inspector looks at recent improvements and innovations that make the park stand out from the crowd, as well looking at the overall quality of the park. When selecting winners, we look for: High levels of customer care – staff manner, effectiveness and helpfulness Toilets – quality of fixtures and fittings, cleanliness and maintenance, provision of privacy cubicles and family rooms Public areas (reception, laundry, tourist information cabins etc) – quality of fittings, cleanliness and maintenance Other site facilities (shop, cafe, swimming pool, gym, saunas, children’s play areas, wi-fi, internet access etc) – provision and how they are maintained Pitches – size, layout, ease of access and proximity to services Grounds – quality of landscaping and ground maintenance, including outbuildings

2014 winners England and Overall Winner: Polmanter Touring Park, St Ives, Cornwall Scotland: Cairnsmill Holiday Park, St Andrews, Fife Wales: Tyddyn Isaf Caravan Park, Dulas, Isle of Anglesey The Roger Almond Award for the AA’s Most Improved Campsite: Grouse Hill Caravan Park, Robin’s Hood Bay, North Yorkshire Holiday Centre: Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd Small Campsite: Greenacres Camping, Shepton Mallet, Somerset South West England: Woodovis Park, Tavistock, Devon South East England: Swiss Farm Touring and Camping, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire Heart of England: Fields End Water Caravan Park and Fishery, Doddington, Cambridgeshire North West England: Woodclose Caravan Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria North East England: South Meadows Caravan Park, Belford, Northumberland

The best new UK campsites, glamping and Traditional sites pop-up events

Camping holidays in the UK are more exciting and comfortable than ever. HoneyWoods Camping’s Feast in the Woods event is a new take on the camping break, one that is about ‘taking stock of your surroundings’. According to Paul Jones, marketing and communications director at the Camping and Caravanning Club, which was founded in 1901: “Camping and caravanning today is more popular

than ever; it has also been proven that those who camp are happier, have closer family relationships, are healthier, less stressed and are more socially connected.”

Botany Camping, Wiltshire This campsite is minutes from Longleat Safari Park and Stourhead House and Gardens. You can hire bell tents complete with a cool box and a fire with fire-lighters, logs, marshmallows and skewers, or go for the pitch-only option and bring your own gear. •, £19 a night for two; £70 a night bell tent hire for up to 6; £100 a night glamping for 2-5 Catgill, Yorkshire This small family-run campsite opened earlier in June, in the heart of theYorkshire Dales national park, a stone’s throw away from the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Factory, Hesketh Farm Park and Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. •, adults £10, kids £5 a night New Lodge Farm, Northamptonshire This adults-only campsite has an award-winning farm shop, butchery and cafe already open, whereas the campsite is a new venture on this family-run working farm. •, £15 a night per tent for two; caravans/motorhomes £21.50 Mon-Thurs, Fri-Sun £25

Pop-up campsites

The latest craze for “pop-up campsites” – or temporary venues, often open for just a weekend – is something a little different from traditional campsites. Landowners and innovative camping entrepreneurs are able to take advantage of the “28-day rule”, which allows for the provision of a temporary campsite without planning permission. Pop-up campsites are often bespoke events focused around a specific activity such as foraging, storytelling or even gourmet feasts. Wild Hare Events Run by Christiane and Eamon Fullalove, Wild Hare Events specialises in exquisite wild gatherings around Totnes, Devon. Eamon, a former head chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in London, and illustrator Christiane have recently set up a number of Wild Hare “vanishing venues” events. Many of the events carry a culinary theme, as guests at their bespoke gatherings are able to enjoy fine dining under canvas. Although this summer’s events are full, they are already taking bookings for 2015. •, priced per event, from £600-£,1300

Cotton Star Camping A similar setup to HoneyWoods, this is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District national park. Cotton Star offers pre-erected tents and on-site activities, such as birdspotting and funghi foraging. It’s off grid, with no electricity and has composting loos. It provides an excellent experience for really getting back to nature. •, Camping (minimum two-night stay) from 21 July to 11 September from £15 per tent HoneyWoods Camping This is a relatively new venture run by Bristol-based Rebecca Cork. “The HoneyWoods Camping experience is really the antithesis of the commercial festival,” says Cork, who only recently folded away her giant Indian marquee following a highly successful HoneyWoods event at a secret location in Kent. “Our Feast in the Woods event is all about participating, taking stock of your surroundings and contributing to the experience, rather than just being a spectator,” she says.


A perfect pitch for campers

There’s an increasing number of eclectic domiciles that tick the glamping box. Camping pods of all shapes and sizes offer comfort and warmth without the need to pack a tent, often in spectacular locations and for competitive prices. The advantage of staying in a place where comfort is laid on is that you could think about leaving the car behind and arrive by public transport.

Whether it’s in a sturdy yurt or under flapping canvas, the great outdoors is cool. What’s the attraction? When you’re ankle-deep in mud in a field bickering about who forgot to pack the tent pegs this summer, take heart from a survey that found

“people who camp are happier, have closer family relationships, are healthier, less stressed and are more socially connected”. (Perhaps unsurprisingly, the survey was commissioned by the Camping and Caravanning Club.)

Brooks Guesthouse, Bristol This boutique hotel in Bristol is bringing glamping to the city with the launch of its Rooftop Rockets. When there’s no room at the inn, you can opt for one of the hotel’s Airstream caravans up on the roof, with all the comfort you’d expect from a glamping experience. •, booking through Canopy & Stars; 18 foot rockets from £90 a night, 20 foot rockets from £100, limited availability

Camping has always respected the environment, but now it has stepped up a gear with innovations such as solar power, compost loos and discounts for those arriving at campsites by public transport. Guernsey’s first such campsite is opening this month. Wild Guernsey is a sustainable land project where you can opt for Barefoot Canvas (a bell tent tucked away in a field) or indulge in Simple Luxury: two tepees with all the trimmings. The Forager is a traditional tepee with sustainably sourced Douglas Fir poles, surrounded by trees with its own foraging area and menu suggestions to cook on your open fire. The Seafarer has views of the wild coastline, a fishing net and a wood-burning stove.

Swedish camping, a holiday the Swedish way

Sweden is a unique country of refreshing contrasts. From the mountainous wilderness in the north to the rolling meadows of Skåne in the south. From high fashion and splendour of Stockholm to Gothenburg’s easy-paced café culture. From bathing in pristine lakes in the Midsummer sun to chancing upon reindeer on forest walks. Getting to Sweden is easy. With a caravan or motorhome you can choose between a number of ferry routes and the Öresund Bridge from Denmark. And there are plenty of direct flights to Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö from all over Europe, for those of you travelling light. It is hard to think of a better way to experience Sweden’s exceptional landscapes than by staying at one of our 450 camp

sites. A view of the ocean, pitched under forest pines, or close to the city lights – there is something for everyone. Our campsites cater for tents, motorhomes, and caravans – there are even cottages and cabins for hire. KronoCamping Lidköping Krono Camping is situated at the beautiful shore of Lake Vänern with only a 15 minute walk to downtown. Lidköping has a very good geographical location where you as a visitor has pleasant points of interest to explore for both children and adults. We recommend Lackö Castle and the picturesque Spikens fishing village, our beautiful natural area Kinnekulle, Skara, a mecca for children and adults, Rörstrand area with outlet sales, Vänern

Byske Havsbad The pearl of the Gold Coast - a five-star holiday park by Bottenviken and Byske River’s mouth. A family oriented establishment with lots of activities for young and old. Now open all year round. On your holiday you want to relax. Forget daily duties and take it easy on a sunny beach. Maybe play with the children in the water or go for a relaxing fishing trip. Have a delicious meal and dance in the evening. The restaurant Lanternan can seat 250 guests and offers everything from plain to gourmet food from northern Sweden. You can rent bicycles, pedalboats, windsurfing boards and canoes by the beach. Or why not a round of golf? The childrens’ club provides supervised

(150 SEK)or at the first campsite (150 SEK) you get to in Scandinavia. You do not have to check in to buy the card and it is valid until the end of the year. The card enables quicker check in and check out. A number of special offers are also associated with the card, for example discounts on ferries to and from Sweden. The card also includes an accident and liability insurance for you and your family during your stay at the campsite. The SCR - The National Swedish Campsite Association has almost 500 campsites as members. The campsites are all over Sweden and offer more than 75,000 camping pitches and 9,000 cottages and cabins. Options are overwhelming and the choice is yours. What about a cottage high on a mountain in northern Sweden, or beachside somewhere along our vast coast? A camping site by a breathtakingly beautiful deep, dark lake? A cabin in a “cabin village”, close to the action of, for instance, the medieval town of Visby or all alone in the deep forest of Småland with the nearest neighbour a mile or two away? To stay at a Swedish campsite, you will sometimes need a camping card. The most widely accepted card is the Camping Key Europe. You can buy the card online at

Some Swedish camping sites also accept Camping Card International, CCI. Several camping sites are open all year round. There is accommodation ranging from the simple cabin to the fully equipped self-catering cottage, and some camping sites also offer accommodation at youth hostels. Come and explore the great variety of camping and cottages sites in Sweden.

The real pay-off if you do make the journey is in the fantastic roads, stunning scenery and friendly people once you get there! Together, Sweden and Norway form a huge landmass, stretching some 1200 miles north to south and 600 miles west to east, but with populations of nine millions and four millions respectively, the roads are a lot quieter than the UK – indeed, in the central and more northerly parts of the country it is quite literally possible to travel for miles before seeing another vehicle! The roads are generally in a much better state of repair too – and, of course, you’ve got all those winding mountain and fjord passes with loads of hairpins to ride! The people are very welcoming, especially towards bikers who they seem to regard as having a shared Viking spirit of adventure, are generally happy and easy going and nearly always speak very good English!

Camping with a car

Car tent:

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It comes with MINI Navigation Portable XL sat-nav as standard which features a television tuner plus there’s an auxiliary heater. The roof has a small glass panel that can be opened for ventilation and there’s a storagerack above. The Clubvan Camper even comes with an integrated hand-held shower, with a water tank housed underneath the boot floor.

A roof tent is an accessory which may be fitted to the roof of a motor vehicle which allows the users to sleep in relative safety and comfort above the vehicle, and leaves the internal load-space free. The first example of roof-tents appeared in Western Europe in the 1930s.

Top 10 Motorhome Accessories

1. Motorhome bike rack In the UK there are lots of cycle paths that allow you to explore the countryside, so make sure you add a bike rack to your list of motorhome accessories so you can take bicycles along with you. 2. Motorhome awnings One of the greatest disadvantages of a motorhome holiday is a lack of space, so a motorhome awning is the perfect accessory if this is a problem for you. 3. Fold-up outdoor furniture When the weather is nice and you are parked up on your campsite, there is nothing better than sitting outside and enjoying the view. 4. Satellite TV These days we are so used to being able to watch satellite TV whenever we want to, and for many people the idea of a few weeks without it just doesn’t appeal. If this sounds like you then consider installing satellite into your motorhome. 5. Wi-fi booster Many campsites offer free wi-fi, but if you have pitched a few hundred metres away from the original source of the signal, you may find that you can’t get it. There are products available that are attached to the motorhome and allow you to pick up wi-fi signal from much further

6. Games Motorhome holidays are ideal for family time but make sure you take some entertainment with you, especially if you have children in tow. Board games are great, and you can buy a good range in travel size too. 7. Battery operated lanterns Battery operated lanterns are a great motorhome accessory as they can provide some light while you enjoy a glass of wine on your outdoor furniture. 8. Hammock The great thing about holidaying on campsites is that as a general rule there will be lots of big, strong trees, so if you can get a pitch near some then a hammock will be easy to hang. Plus a hammock rolls up very small. 9. E-book reader If you like to read lots of books then an e-book reader could be the perfect accessory for you. You don’t need to find the space, or allow for the extra weight, of lots of books - instead they are all stored on one small and handy device. 10. Barbecue Your motorhome may well be fitted with a fully-equipped kitchen, but nothing quite says ‘holiday’ like an outdoor barbecue. You can even buy disposable ones so you don’t need to find somewhere to store it throughout the rest of your holiday.

The best tents to buy 2015

1. Heimplanet The Wedge Hoping to make the normal hassle of putting up a tent a thing of the past, the Wedge features a nifty inflatable frame that ditches the need for poles. The inner tent, fly sheet and the frame work together, meaning no separate bits to join and an overall quick and painless process. It’ll sleep two people, along with baggage making it a great choice for a weekend away. £368.99 | Surfdome | Buy it now on Amazon

3. Coleman Instant Dome 3 Pop-up tents are pretty much synonymous with festivals these days, thanks to the speed and simplicity of pitching, but they’re not really designed for the more mature audience looking for a little more comfort. Coleman has come up with a grown-up alternative – the Instant Dome 3, with space for three people and a 1-minute pitching system thanks to poles that are already attached to the tent. £110 | Coleman | Buy it now on Amazon 2. Outwell Montana When you’ve got a family to think about, your camping needs are pretty simple – you want as much space as possible. Outwell makes tents exclusively for families, and its range is vast – there are over 40 to choose from on the website, ranging from simple to out-of-this-world. The Montana hits the middle sweet spot, with space for up to six and loads of room to relax inside. It also has a range of customisation options, such as a porch extension and a beefed-up roof for when the weather turns extreme. £430 | Outwell | Buy it now on Amazon 4. Snugpak Special Forces Bivvi A bivvy bag is basically a giant rain coat that goes on the outside of your sleeping bag. It’s the ultimate in simple pleasures, giving you just enough to escape from the wind and rain. The advantages are obvious – it allows you to carry naff all and they’re much cheaper than a tent of similar size and weight. You can pick up a simple one for about £20, though there are more hardcore versions, such as this Snugpack Special Forces Bivvi which is totally waterproof. £63 | Snugpak | Buy it now on Amazon 5. Rab Group Shelter 2 If you suddenly find yourself facing torrential weather on a hike, but you’ve no-where to find cover and don’t fancy getting soaked or blown away trying to pitch a tent, an emergency shelter is the perfect solution. The Rab Group Shelter 2 is designed to keep you and a mate safe from the elements, while it only takes up a small amount of space in your backpack. £32 | Rab | Buy it now on Amazon

6. Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 When you’re already laden with 30 kilos of hiking equipment, the last thing you want strapped to your already-aching back is a tent that weighs another 10 kilos. Serious walking requires a very specific tent – one that’s light enough so that you barely notice it’s there, and one that’s small enough so that you can easily carry it with the rest of your gear. £699.99 | Terra Nova | Buy it now on Above and Beyond 7. Quechua Arpenaz The thought of spending more than £100 on your first camping trip is probably a little off-putting for most people, especially if you don’t need a load of space or a tent the size of an orange. There are plenty of good simple tents about, such as the two-person Arpenaz from Quechua. It’s got plenty of space, there’s not much fiddling to do and it’s very good value. £35 |Quechua 8. Vango Stelvio 200 Whether you’re going away on a motorbike or a bicycle, the Vango Stelvio 200 will look like a place of heaven for your two wheels. As well as a comfortable two-person sleeping area, the Stelvio features a porch that’s specially suited to storing a single motorbike or a few bicycles, meaning you can keep your chosen metal under cover, allowing you to perform midnight maintenance unabated, even if the elements do their best at throwing everything at you. £300 | Vango | Buy it now on Amazon 9. Mountain Hardwear Yurtini For the ultimate in outdoor living, nothing beats the feeling of spaciousness you get from a Yurt, though they’re not exactly the easiest kind of tent to pitch. The Yurtini by Mountain Hardwear is the solution – a yurt-type-tent that can be quickly pitched, offering a perfect shelter for a big group of people. A ground sheet is also available, meaning you can turn the Yurtini into a luxury tent – all you need is a luxurious inflatable double bed to match. £1400 | Mountain Hardwear 10. Heimplanet The Cave Erecting a tent is often an arduous task. The problem lies mainly in attaching the poles and raising the tent, which can be tricky in normal conditions, let alone when the weather’s not on your side, so it’s worth taking note when a manufacturer claims to have made life easier using technology. Heimplanet’s The Cave has poles that you simply inflate, allowing the tent to put itself up, and it’s as sturdy as a regular tent too. £355 | Heimplanet | Buy it now on Amazon

Best sleeping bag to buy 2014 1. Montane Prism While most lightweight sleeping bags are filled with gram-shaving down, Montane’s Prism uses special synthetic insulation called Primaloft, and though slightly heavier, it’s resistant to the wet - so you won’t get cold if the material gets damp for any reason. It’ll keep you warm at around the 5C mark and weighs just 1.2kg, making it great for spring or summer backpacking missions. £150 | Montane 2. Thermarest Antares This three-season sleeping bag is rated to a cool -9C, allowing you to feel comfortably warm even when the mercury drops during Spring or Autumn. Its 750+ goose down filling means it can be packed down to just 7x12 inches and weighs in at just 890g - perfect for backpackers. The best part of the Antares is the built-in SynergyLink Connectors, which allows you to strap one of its lightweight matresses to it, meaning you can sleep comfortably without falling onto a cold ground during the night. £270 | Cascade Designs 3. Mountain Equipment Matrix III The Matrix is Mountain Equipment’s ‘extreme’ mountaineering range, making it ideal for those who require a lower weight in their backpack. The Matrix III is the one to go for if it’s going to be cold – it’ll keep you comfortably warm even when it’s approaching freezing temperatures outside, and it’ll stay that way even if the rain rears its ugly head, thanks to a brilliant hybrid combination of water-resistant 725 fill down on the upper and Primaloft Synergy insulation on the underside (where it’s most likely to get damp). It weighs just under 1.3 kilos and packs down to a reasonable 21cm x 31cm. £290 | Mountain Equipment 4. OMM Mountain Raid 1.0 OMM first became famous for their super-lightweight running clothes for mountain marathons, and now they have a sleeping bag to match this two day event. At 380g, the Mountain Raid is probably one of the lightest bags you’ll ever slip into and it packs down to the size of a bag of sugar, so it’s ideal for adventurers who want the lightest backpack around. It’s laden with Primaloft One synthetic insulation and a water-repellent outer fabric, so wet weather shouldn’t be an issue. The level of Primaloft fill is fairly low, so this is better suited to a warmer spring or summer season. £145 | OMM

5. Coleman Hudson Double If you’re sharing your sleeping space with your significant other, you may be interested in investing in a double sleeping bag. Why? Well, it’s kind of romantic and it actually keeps you warmer on cold nights as you share body heat. Coleman’s Hudson Double is possibly the pinnacle of double bags, thanks to its luxurious cotton flannel lining and Coletherm insulation which will keep you warm above 7C. The hood helps to retain heat, while built-in pillow pockets help to keep your pillows in place during the night. £49 | Coleman 6. Rab Expedition 1200 Going somewhere cold this year? If you’re going to be sleeping in temperatures below freezing, then you need a seriously specialist kind of sleeping bag. The Expedition 1200 is Rab’s Arctic-spec number, with 850 fill power European goose down insulation to keep you toasty even when the chill gets serious, as well as Pertex fabrics inside and out to keep water and wind from finding its way into your box. It’s even big enough to allow you to wear down clothing, for extra warmth. Basically, if you get cold in this sleeping bag then you should probably sleep in a sauna. £650 | Rab 7. Snugpak Softie If you’re a tall bloke, you might find that a lot of sleeping bags are a bit on the snug side, so it’s a little ironic when outdoor expert Snugpak is offering extra long bags, like this Softie 15 Discovery, which has a 265cm exterior length option available. So even if you’re over 7ft tall, this will do the job. The Softie 15 Discovery is also perfect for cold temperatures, offering a comfortable temperature rating of -15C, so even in near-Arctic conditions you can keep warm. £160 | Snugpak 8. The North Face Cat’s Meow For a sleeping bag that could conceivably be used all year round, even when the temperatures plummet below freezing, the Cat’s Meow from The North Face fits the bill. Its synthetic insulation is rated to a comfortable -1C, and it has loops that can be attached to a sleeping pad, so you won’t fall out mid-slumber. The Cat’s Meow comes in three different sizes, and even in the longest length it weighs a respectable 1.3kg and packs down to 25cm x 28cm. £120 | The North Face

Top 10 cars for camping 2014

1.Chevrolet Suburban General Motors Corp. It’s as bloated as your Aunt Mary and nearly as large, but the Chevrolet Suburban tows, hauls and transports like no other camping ride. The standard 5.3-liter or optional 6.0-liter V8s lug nine passenger (count ‘em: nine) with little effort and the bus-sized cabin is almost what you’d call luxurious. Its continued existence causes much weeping and gnashing of teeth among the eco-minded; but if for little else, the Chevy Suburban presents the strongest case as a must-have camping ride.

2. Toyota FJ Cruiser For all the Toyota SUVs and crossovers available, we’d only want the FJ Cruiser as our camping ride. Unless you’re bringing more than four friends or need to tow a yacht, this is the camping ride you should consider too. The 4.0-liter V6 is smooth, rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is a low-cost option. Some camping rides are cheaper, others are as sure-footed, but only the FJ ties it together with style and character. 3. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chrysler LLC Jeeps are as synonymous to camping as S’mores, and the four-door Wrangler Unlimited takes everything good about the tried-and-true two-door and adds more. Second-row accessibility is no longer theoretical, and cargo room is substantially better. Yet for all this, off-road prowess is just what you’d expect of a Wrangler. That’s especially useful when camp has no physical address -- unless “Category V Trail” counts. 4. Subaru Forester Subaru of America, Inc. Even though the redesigned 2009 Subaru Forester shed some of its character with its smoothed look, it’s as strong as ever as a camping ride. You just wouldn’t know it from the outside, since it trades attitude for ability and reassurance. The optional 224-horsepower turbo is surprisingly quick, and improved second-row space is a welcome advance. Among our camping rides, you simply can’t spend less and get more. 5. Nissan Xterra Nissan North America For a camping ride, forget the Nissan Armada/Pathfinder gluttons or the over-optimistically named Rogue. The best in the Nissan SUV bunch is still the Xterra. For that matter, it’s better than a good number of SUVs with gateway detail. Eschewing unnecessary bells, whistles and BS, the Xterra is a body-on-frame passport to remote campsites. Spring for the Off Road 4x4 package and go just about anywhere you damn well please.

6. Ford Expedition Ford Motor Company This large SUV may be falling from favor as an everydaydriver, but there’s still a lot to like in the Ford Expedition as a camping ride. There’s little need to expand to the even more commodious EL model; the base Expedition seats eight and affords enough space for indoor soccer practice should the mood strike. Few rigs offer so many comfort and convenience options, easing the stress of lane changes and crosswinds. 7. Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen of America, Inc. Weekends spent camping in a VW Vanagon with the pop-up Westfalia camper may be (cough) hazy memories, but your Phish bootlegs will sound just as good when played through the Tiguan’s standard eight-speaker sound system at your campsite. If that doesn’t adequately chill you out, consider the Tiguan’s IIHS award wins and the three-year, 36,000-mile scheduled maintenance at no charge. 8.Hyundai Santa Fe Hyundai Motor Company

9.Volvo XC70

Wherever Hyundai plays, they bring a solid contender. Lately, in fact, their Genesis models have been confounding competitors. For a conscientious SUV that’s a serviceable camping ride, the Santa Fe is worth a drive. This mid-size model offers V6 power without unruly mileage penalties, scores well in fit and finish for its price, plus offers the upgrade to seven-passenger seating. Better still is its rank as 2009 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC What may at first seem an odd and expensive choice for a camping ride makes sense once the Volvo XC70’s virtues are considered. Granted, it’s the second most expensive camping ride in our review, but it has even more going for it than cargo room and towing ability. As a raised, more adept, all-wheel drive version of 10. Honda CR-V American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Nearly no news is good news for the Honda CR-V, because this camping ride carries on as a sensible choice for couples and small families. Whether you keep its standard front-wheel drive or choose the optional all-wheel drive, the CR-V rolls with a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter engine and five-speed automatic. That means up to 27 highway MPG while carrying five and their weekend gear or all the provisions a couple would want for an extended stay.


Generating power for a sustainable future

Ever since the oil crisis of the early 1970s, Sweden has invested heavily in the search for alternative energy sources. Measures to phase out the use of oil have proceeded smoothly. In 1970, oil accounted for more than 75 per cent of Swedish energy supplies; by 2012, the figure was just 21.5 per cent, chiefly due to the declining use of oil for residential heating. Sweden outlined its present energy policy in 1997. The Government wanted to promote “efcient and sustainable energy use and a cost-effective energy supply” that would “facilitate the transition to an ecologically sustainable society”. The Swedish Energy Agency (Statens energimyndighet) was set up to monitor developments. Sweden consumes a substantial amount of electricity per capita (15,000 kWh per person/year). Few countries consume more energy, yet Swedish carbon emissions are low compared with those of other countries. The average Swede releases 5.1 tons of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere, compared with the EU average of 7.9 tons and the US average of 19.1 tons.

About 78% of electricity in Sweden comes from nuclear power and hydroelectric power, neither of which generates carbon emissions. Cogeneration from combined heat and power (CHP plants), accounts for somewhat above 10% of the electricity output in Sweden, and these are mainly powered by biofuels. About 8% of the electricity is imported, and the remainder, about 4%, comes from wind power. The Swedish solar-cell market is still very limited, but since 2005 has begun to grow with the aid of government funding. Total installed capacity in 2011 was approximately 14 MW. During 2013–2016, the Swedish Energy Agency will invest SEK 123 million in research into solar cells, thermal solar power and solar fuels with a view to boosting the use of solar energy in the Swedish energy system. In the transition to a sustainable society, wave power may be an important technology in the future, but it is still relatively undeveloped. Pilot studies are under way off the Swedish west coast to determine whether the technology might be commercially viable in the longer term.

Alternative fuels Sweden puts considerable effort into developing renewable, alternative fuels. Ethanol research began in the 1980s, and Sweden is among the world leaders. Most of the ethanol sold today is produced from grain. Swedish researchers are pursuing the production of ethanol from cellulose, what is called a second-generation biofuel. In most cases, this is more effective than grain-based production, and this type of ethanol does not affect food crops. Other biofuels of interest include biogas extracted from manure and waste. Cleaner transportation European Union targets call for 10 per cent of all transport fuel to be derived from renewable sources by 2020. Sweden’s own policy goal is a totally fossil-free vehicle fleet by 2030, but progress so far has been slow – by 2012, Sweden had reached 9.8 per cent, thanks partly to increased use of ethanol. To speed up developments, a “pump law” was introduced in 2006 under which all petrol stations selling more than 3,000 cubic metres

(about 100,000 cubic feet) of petrol or diesel per year are required to provide at least one kind of renewable fuel. Three years after the introduction of the pump law, a government report found that while it had helped boost the supply and had also imposed an economic strain on the owners of petrol stations sales had been relatively slow. Rechargeable cars Hybrid cars – vehicles that use electrical (battery) power and fuel – are on the rise. The combination of electricity and biofuels seems promising. The next step is plug-in hybrids – cars with larger batteries charged from the power grid. Most carmakers are currently planning to produce both kinds of vehicles. Battery production plants are now being established to cope with anticipated demand. It is still hard, however, to assess the extent to which electrical cars and rechargeable hybrids will reach mainstream production, and this market is not expected to outstrip the one for ordinary cars for many years.

Once we decided to concentrate on the tent design Francesca pruposed the idea of “Bubble tent” (see below) from luxury glamping, but we had a problem to slove how to make it more suistainable. Then I come up with a solar powered tent idea.

Next few pages shows my pruposed ideas and research about how solar power can help us to power something similar to the “Bubble tent” or be used within this project.

Volvo XC90 is a hybrid, so considering of solar power use for this project would make sense, plus it is sustainable.

Created by Synthesis Design + Architecture, Buro Happold and Fabric Images, the Pure Tension Volvo Pavilion will be fully revealed in

The Pure Tension is an interesting portable solar charging kit that’s deployed over the top of Volvo’s V60 plug-in hybrid. The “free-standing tensioned membrane structure” is created from a tensioned HDPE mesh skin with embedded photovoltaic panels inside a carbon fiber frame. The pavilion holds its shape by the equilibrium created by the carbon fiber rods stretching out and tensioned mesh pulling in. It plugs directly into the V60, delivering electricity collected from sun or artificial lighting. According to Synthesis, the Pure Tension is easy to set up and break down, and it compacts into a tent-sized bag small enough to fit inside the V60’s trunk. The basic materials can create pavilions in a multitude of forms and sizes for display at dealerships, demonstrations and car shows. While the Pure Tension is designed as a pavilion, it’s easy to imagine it as the jumping off point for a consumer solar charger, a portable solar carport of sorts. Its highly stretchable design means that it could be transported in the car. Park your plug-in car in a parking lot with sufficientspace and sun, and the tensloned solar charger recharges the battery while the car is parked.

Colorado-based Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is the provider of solar modules for the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid dedicated charger study, the Volvo Pure Tension Pavilion project.

Solar panels

Solar panels can be made in a way that they can be attached to the roof of the car. Mattress which can be made from sustainable materials

Solar panel

Air pump

Solar panels

Roof Solar panels can also be used to power up air pump for attached “Bubble tent” in the back of the car. Solar panels

Air pump

“Bubble tent” which can be made from sustainable materials “Bubble tent” which can be made from sustainable materials

800LPH Solar Power Pump with LED light Product Description This solar powered pump is a breakthrough in solar technology. The system utilises separate rechargeable battery-incorporated control housing; this increases functionality, allowing you to simply program the fountain to operate when you would like it to rather than simply when in direct sunlight. The pump utilises a high capacity solar panel, which supplies the control unit with energy. The control unit then gives you the flexibility to enjoy your fountain whenever desired. The solar panel comes with a stand and is manufactured from durable aluminium and polyvinyl butyral. Amazone price: £93.98 ‘Window Socket’: Solar-Powered Plug Sticks To Window Solar power might have just got a lot more convenient - and design friendly. A concept has been unveiled for a solar-powered battery that can be stuck to a window, charged and then used as a standard plug. The window plug is designed to be as intuitive as possible, and can be used in an apartment, on a ship or inside a car or anywhere with access to sunlight. Once charged it can be taken off the window and carried anywhere while in use - including on the move. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, and published at Yanko Design, the plug is potentially an elegant solution to the problem of solar chargers that are either unfriendly or inelegant to use. The design would place a 1000mAh battery inside the device, enough to charge a mobile phone. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be able to power a device requiring a high voltage like a kettle or vacuum cleaner, but could provide a nice solution for mobile gadgets or less power-intensive appliances.

Ford has unveiled plans for a prototype solar-powered hybrid car. The Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept has a solar panel system on the roof which tracks the position of the sun. The company said it can draw power equal to a four-hour battery charge. Fully charged, the car could travel for up to 21 miles powered just on electricity. The concept car will be on display at CES in Las Vegas before testing begins to see if production is feasible. The solar panel roof will use a separate off-vehicle solar concentrator lens, similar to a magnifying glass, to ensure it absorbs enough energy. The Fresnel lens will follow the movement of the sun from east to west and direct sunlight to the solar cells which project researchers say boosts the impact of sunlight by a factor of eight.

The concept car - which was developed from a collaboration between Ford, the Georgia Institute of Technology and SunPower Corp, a solar power company - will still have a conventional electrical charging socket so its charge can be topped up from the power grid. Jump media playerMedia player helpOut of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. But Ford claims that by using the solar power system drivers will not be dependent on the grid to use the car. Research from the company suggests that in future the sun could power up to 75% of all trips made by an average user in a solar hybrid vehicle.

Ford claim that a day’s worth of “Solar power could be used to run ancillaries, such as air-conditioning, but the limited capability sunlight will produce the same performance from the Solar Ener- for solar panels means that we won’t see them used as the main power source anytime soon,” he said. gi Concept as is given by their conventional plug-in hybrid car.

Meet Stella, the solar powered car that drives 500 miles on a SINGLE charge

The car also features smart technology, including a tablet that shows the driver when traffi lghts will change colour. Hoefsloot is one of the students at Eindhoven University of Technology who designed and built Stella in what grew into a schoolwide project that won a World Solar Car challenge race across Australia in 2013. Stella launched a US tour in Detroit at the Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress in early September.

A solar-powered family car has completed a drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco fuelled entirely by sunshine - a journey covering almost 385 miles (619km). Called Stella, the vehicle can travel up to 500 miles (800 km) on a single charge, clocking speeds of up to 80mph (130 km).The prototype four-seater has solar cells on its roof to provide power while driving, and it boasts a tablet that tracks traffic lights. The vehicle was created by a group called Solar Tam Eindhoven, based at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Stella’s recent journey took it up California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway into the centre of L.A.

The team drove to San Francisco to join sponsor NXP Semiconductors of The Netherlands in an event focused on a future in which roads are made safer and air pollution reduced by cars that ‘talk’ to one another as well as traffic signals.

‘We think it is possible to make these cars and have And the creators of Stella hope their vehicle might one day enter mass production, and become them in a showroom in five a common sight on roads. The 1.5-kilowatt array of solar panels on top of the car, which cost to 10 years, but it is a big about £2,600 ($4,260) to produce, supply power to the car’s lithium ion battery. dream and something we have to really work on,’ said It weighs 855lbs (390kg) and is 15ft (4.6 metres) long, while the body of the vehicle is made of carHoefsloot. bon fibre. Its aerodynamic shape also helps to increase its driving range.

Solar Powered Tent The Concept Tent (also known as the solar powered tent) was thought up because of festivals and the fact that partygoers always need to keep in touch with mates while they’re camping and roaming around the festival site. Kaleidoscope and Orange Communication designed it in partnership to celebrate Glastonbury Festival. For us the best bit about it is the revolutionary new way it collects direct sunlight, and what this design might mean for glamping and eco camping in the future… particularly if youwant to have a nomadic lifestyle. Solar Energy Collection The idea is that specially coated solar threads are woven into conventional fabric so designers wouldn’t have to use fixed solar panels to harness the energy. It

would also have three directional glides that can be moved throughout the day to maximise solar efficiency and energy collection. Control Centre But the most amazing bit about this concept solar powered tent is its central wireless control hub which lets you see the amount of energy being generated and used, as well as sending out a wireless internet signal for anyone who needs to surf the internet. This is displayed on a gadget geeks dream… a touchscreen LCD display screen. The control hub also has a wireless charging pouch which powers mobile phones and other portable devices without the need for messy wires and multiple chargers. The ‘magnetic induction’ technology passes an electric current through a coil embedded in the charging pouch and this in turn generates a magnetic field which creates a charge and powers the battery. For non-tecky people like us out there… this means it’s extremely clever! Central Heating Also controlled by the central hub is the most amazing bonus for the ultimate posh camping experience… an internal heating system. This takes the form of a heating element that’s embedded within the tent’s groundsheet giving under floor heating that can be triggered automatically once the temperature falls below a set level.


Solar Power Each tent comes with a 5w solar panel, lithium solar storage bank and mobile phone/USB charging adaptors.The solar panel and storage bank can charge many, many low voltage devices. Whether its a mobile phone, tablet, camera, speakers or L.E.D lighting you’ll always be connected.

Stay Connected

The way it works

With a 5w solar panel and lithium storage battery you can stay charged and connected to the rest of the world. Whether it be charging your mobile phone, laptop or speakers... just plug in.

Just slide the solar panel into the pocket inside the rear of the tent with the solar cell facing into direct sunlight. Plug the solar panel into the power bank and let the sun trickle charge for a constant source of power.

About tent 4 person tent Wethers its friends, lovers or total strangers our tents comfortably sleep 4. Each flysheet is made from the highest grade rip stop 5000HH grade waterproof polyester with PU coating, accompanied by a breathable polyester inner and double seamed 10000HH base. They measure 240cm W x 240cm L x 150cm H. Each tent weighs 5kg and pack up into a handy printed carry bag, 60cm L x 20cm H x 20cm W.

For best results we recommend giving the power bank a full charge from an alternative power source ie; wall socket or usb via a computer before your trip, then let the sun trickle charge the power bank throughout your camping adventures.

Sweet dreams With our easy set up design, lightweight materials and super strong fabric you’ll be sure to not only have a relaxed and efficient setup but a safe night no matter what the conditions.

Since we decided to concentrate only on one idea we choose tent. Also, we are going to design. inflatable tent as they are very popular at the moment. We decided not to consider Solar power for now. In the next few pages I am going to present research about inflatable tents as well as my design of it.

INFLATABLE TENTS Inflatable ‘pole’ technology in tents has been around a while, it’s only recently though that this convenience and durability is becoming affordable and adopted by a variety of manufacturers at various levels of the market. Cool Camping published a good article about inflatable tent options which gives an overview. Pioneers Heimplanet (above) offer innovative inflatable shelter options which are striking and durable, but perhaps a little too quirky for our brief. The first we considered was the Vango Icarus air 500. Vango are known for quality and this seemed like an affordable option which possessed all of the aspects we liked about the Gobi4. Although when we saw it in person, it was almost too similar to our old tent. Nearly identical in size and layout, we worried it wouldn’t feel like enough of a departure and we were a bit disappointed that the finish, while decent enough, didn’t seem as high quality as we’d expected.

It was the Cool Camping article mentioned above which led us to consider the Decathlon Quechua 6.3xl Family Seconds Air (below). Its spacious dimensions and durability for a really reasonable price saw it make our shortlist. I really like the colourway and styling, which offers something different to all the other same-old tents on the market. I had hoped to see it pitched but it was not available to view in any Decathlon stores nearby which was a bit of a pain. Although Decathlon did say that if a store had one in stock, they might be able to pitch it on request.

retaining warmth when it gets cold. Polycotton has a strong resistance to UV decay meaning these tents have an increased lifespan. It tends to be used at the higher end of product ranges so polycotton tents often have other high-spec features. In order to get a feel for the polycotton inflatable tents on the market and whether they really were worthy of the hype, we visited a Yeomans Camping Show which I would thoroughly recommend if you’re thinking about buying a new tent. A wide variety of tents are on display and available to view. There’s no substitute for seeing tents pitched to get a feel for the dimensions and quality. It was at the show that we saw the Outwell Concorde L.

POLYCOTTON INFLATABLE With the budget starting to creep up, we wondered how much more we’d need to spend to combine our dual dream criteria, canvas and inflatable technology. Until now, all of the inflatables we’d looked at were polyester. Polycotton is considered the most desirable fabric as it has all of the properties of polyester - being weatherproof and durable, but with the added benefit of breathability which reduces condensation and promotes an ambient environment; cooler in warm weather and

We hadn’t previously considered Outwell polycotton tents, knowing that being up there among the very best they would be prohibitively expensive. The quality is tangible, they’re beautifully made and full of thoughtful, practical features.

Audi Q3 pop-up tent

You’ve just got to hope that neighbouring campers don’t do the modern equivalent of loosening your tent pegs by snipping your Eden Project-style latticework air-beams in the middle of the night with a pair of scissors. Why is Audi building tents anyway? It’s the whole lifestyle thing. Audi customers - if you believe the adverts - spend at least half their waking hours on mountain bikes, kayaking or completing endurance marathons. So developing a concept tent is the marketing department’s next way to convince us of the wholesome lifestyle nature of its Q cars. Audi says the Q3 camping tent is rated for wind speeds of up to 40mph. So don’t expect to take your Q3 on an Arctic adventure - but it should cope with a stiff Devon sea breeze.

It might look like something you’ll see on Waking The Dead or any other crime-scene investigation TV drama. But Audi did indeed show an integrated Q3 pop-up tent at the 2014 Worthersee motoring festival. Developed under the Audi Original Accessories brand, the pop-up tent clips on to the tailgate of a Q3 and erects in seven minutes flat. When we canvassed opinion in the Car offices, we agreed it was one of the strangercar accessories w’ve seen in recent years. The Q3 pop-up tent is inflatable, high-pressure air-beams replacing more traditional tent poles. So you can pull up at the campsite, plug in a compressor and roll out of the boot and straight into your fully erected camping home. It’s the perfect lazy man’s camping accessory.

Sadly, a UK spokesman said they have no plans to sell popup tents in showrooms just yet. ‘It’s just a concept at this stage,’ he told us. ‘We usually do zany things at Worthersee and this is one of those.’

Nemo equipment: AST AirSupported Technology® When properly inflated to the operating pressure of 7-9 psi, NEMO’s airbeams can be considerably stronger than traditional aluminum tent poles.

EASY SETUP In every AST™ tent, airbeams make tent setup fast and simple. Since airbeams are already connected to the tent, no extra assembly is required after the tent corners are staked. Simply attach the Quick-Disconnect valves and begin inflating the airbeam. NEMO’s AST® also allows you to inflate the tent from inside during bad weather. After staking out your tent, get inside, and take your time pumping up the airbeam while staying dry.

FIELD REPAIRABILITY The shape and puncture resistance of an airbeam is provided by the outer sailcloth shell, but the polyurethane bladder inside holds the air. The airbeams should never be damaged during ordinary use, however accidents do happen. In the event of a puncture, the bladder can be easily repaired or replaced. Simply tie the new bladder to the damaged bladder and pull the damaged bladder out of the airbeam. The damaged bladder can then be patched with the included patch kit and kept as a spare.

SMALL PACK SIZE AST® tents can be packed into smaller and more irregularly shaped spaces than poled tents since there are no rigid elements. Leave your stuff sack at home, and stuff your AST™ tent in the empty nooks and crannies of your pack. The flexible pack size also means that more efficient packing can be possible in kayak and canoe hulls, bike panniers, or motorcycle saddle bags. TEMPERATURE RANGE NEMO AirSupported Technology® is capable of withstanding a wide range of conditions including dramatic changes in temperature.

At its recommended inflation pressure of 7 psi, a swing from freezing point (32 F) all the way to the most searing heat (120 F) only increases the airbeam pressure to 8.2 psi— not even close to the 20 psi minimum burst pressure of the airbeams. Starting in intense heat (120 F) and dropping to the freezing point (32 F) decreases the pressure to 5.9 psi—still more than enough pressure for a strong and stable shelter. The tents can withstand reasonable winds and weather with as little as 3 psi of pressure. More reasonable temperature fluctuations such as from 90 F to 50 F produce less than 1 psi of pressure change.

LIGHT POCKET™ Some AST® tents includes a special pocket for your headlamp with a light diffusing fabric. Place your lamp in the pocket with the light facing towards the inside of the tent, and the Light Pocket™ will help cast an even glow throughout the tent interior.

Shelters Technology – Materials OSMO™ WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE NEMO’s waterproof/breathable fabric, OSMO™, continues to set the standard for breathability in single wall tents. OSMO™ is a 40D high-tenacity polyester ripstop with a hydrophobic microporous PU coating that is extremely breathable across a broad range of humidities. The polyester is naturally UV-resistant and doesn’t sag when wet. OSMO™ is also highly durable, chemical-resistant, lightweight, and abrasion-resistant.

OSMO™ ELITE WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE OSMO™ Elite is one of the lightest waterproof/ breathable (w/b) tent fabrics on the market. The featherweight high tenacity nylon ripstop base fabric is coated with a proprietary w/b layer that enables water vapor to be transported out at an incredible rate. The w/b layer is constructed from an innovative new type of urethane polymer, minimizing weight and bulk.



Durable floors can increase the lifespan of tents used in rugged expeditions and extended base camps. NEMO’s 70D nylon taffeta floor is no exception with excellent abrasion resistance, tear strength, and durability. The fabric is coated for waterproofness with a non-hydrolyzing PU to 5,000 mm hydrostatic resistance. The exterior of the fabric is treated with a super-DWR to help shed water droplets and prevent wetting out the base fabric.

NEMO’s no-see-um mesh uses an optimized knit pattern to reduce weight and increase airflow. The result is better breathability, while still keeping the insects out. NEMO’s no-see-um mesh is 30% lighter than other standard no-see-um meshes on the market.


UVX WINDOW The UVX window allows you to check conditions outside the tent without exposing yourself or your gear to the elements. The window is optically clear, non-yellowing, non-clouding, UV resistant, and remains flexible in cold temperatures.

NEMO tents use genuine Bemis seam tape that is optimized for longevity and compatibility for all NEMO fabrics. The thermoplastic film provides a uniform waterproof barrier when applied over stitching on the inside of the tent.

We agreed to come up with few name suggestions like glamping but specifically for Volvo. I used this words as inspiration: Camping, Volvo, tent, future, xc90, futuristic Few thoughts on the name: Voltenting = Volvo + tent + ing Vamping, Volvamping = Volvo + camping Procamping = prospect + camping

Possible collaborations Hilleberg - tent maker in Sweeden Constantly Striving For Excellence We build tents and backcountry shelters. That’s all we do, and from our first tent in 1973, we have been driven by a single, simple point of reference: define the capabilities of the tent or shelter we envision, then build it with the most advantageous balance of six essential principles for its desired performance. We believe this method of design and construction yields the highest performing backcountry shelter solutions available. RELIABILITY Simply put, you must be able to depend on your Hilleberg tent, whether it’s one of our strongest, Black Label models, or one of our lightest, most minimal Yellow Label ones. We deliberately choose all materials, design elements and construction techniques – outer tent fabrics, pole diameter and guy line placement, for example – to exceed the performance parameters in each Label category.

kampa - uk based, makes inflatable tents Kampa Awnings Here at Kampa we’ve been at the forefront of lightweight awning technology for more than five years. Nobody does lightweight awnings better or has a more complete range – there’s bound to be a model to suit your needs and your caravan. Take a look at lightweight awning design throughout Europe and you’ll find that it has been heavily influenced by the people behind Kampa awnings. Kampa awnings are often copied but never bettered; each year we bring new and innovative design, materials and technology to make sure that Kampa awnings are the best. Kampa awnings are sold exclusively through our authorised European dealer network where you can be assured of experienced advice in choosing the correct awning for your requirements and a great back-up service. Outwell We never stop striving to improve. Who else but Outwell could have come up with the highly efficient One-go Ifliation Technology or the Wind Stabilizer System? That’s Outwell. Often copied, never bettered! Smart Air tents inflate through one valve as the tubes are all connected. This system for our new Air Collection of inflatable tents delivers a simple yet effective method of pitching as the Air tents have individual tubes that are inflated separately. Roof Protectors are fabric panels the size of the tent roof to which they are attached in tension across the pole sleeves. The gap created means cooling air can flow through and they also protect roofs from bird droppings, UV rays and damage from tree sap. One side is silver coated keeping a cooler temperature in the tent the other side is black attracting the sun’s warmth.

Inflatable tent design:

Side view of the tent. Right and left hand side are exactly the same and both have unzip able doors. While in the tent you can unzip outer layer and have some fresh air through the mesh which protects tent from bags similar to figure 1. Windows Back view of the tent. Inflatable tube are connected in a similar way as it is shown in figure 2. I decided to connect inflatable tubes in the back as a V letter which stands for Volvo. it has two unzip able windows as well with a mesh similar to figure 1. Figure 1

Figure 2

Adding colour

I thought it will be nice to keep inflatable tubes silver or ight coloured with lighter colour for a V shape as it represents Volvo. The outer tent colour can be different in accordance to a car you have, but it should go no lighter then Ninaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ssuggested colour palette. <-- Suggested fabric and colour palette by Nina

Volvo colours

Tent specs Each of us came up with a design of the tent and then we decided which one is going to go forward. It was Francescaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front and my back of the tent. Later on she combine them both together and send me architectural drawings to make specs out of them on illustrator and add colours. In this two pages I am showing my progress drawing few of them.

This is Francescaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawing: the back and front tent view

I Have made each section on separate file. This is spec of the back view.

Later I have added colours using Photoshop on the different layer from the spec so changes could be made easier if necessary.

This is my final outcome, but I do believe Francesca adjusted window colours.

This is Francescaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawing: the inside of the tent

I Have made each section on separate file. This is spec of the inside with added silhouette of a girl closing window.

Later I have added colours and extra textures such as window mesh using Photoshop on the different layer from the spec so changes could be made easier if necessary.

This is my final outcome, but I do believe Francesca adjusted window colours and changed texture of the mesh.

Extras: Surveys This survey was made during summer. At that time we thought it will be Hyundai we are going to work with. However, few questions out of this survey can be used

1. What is your gender and ages?

2. What country are you from?

Female: 17-20 Female: 21-25 Female: 26-30 Male: 17-20 Male: 21-25 Male: 26-30 Other Total 21

United Kingdom China Other

4.76% 33.33% 23.81% 4.76% 4.76% 14.29% 14.29%

1 7 5 1 1 3 3

52.38% 4.76% 42.86%

11 1 9

Russia, Australia, Spain, Poland, Morocco, Lithuania, Colombia. Total 21

4. What feature would you love to install in your car? For example Eco engine, UV lights, etc. Champagne cooler Nothing Eco engine Nice subs Ipad docking station Re paint it Uv lights Easy way to play mp3 through the radio UV lights Eco engine Cabriolet Stereo system Xenon or LED Sustainable but stylish car seats Better sound system

5. On average, how much can you buy a car for? £3000.00 - £5000.00 14.29% 3 £6000.00 - £10 000.00 19.05% 4 £11 000.00 - £15 000.00 4.76% 1 £20 000.00 - £25 000.00 0.00% 0 £30 000.00 - £35 000.00 9.52% 2 £36 000.00 - £40 000.00 0.00% 0 I don’t drive 38.10% 8 Other 14.29% 3 Total 21 Can’t afford at the moment 500.00 - 2000.00

3. Do you drive? If yes, which car? No 42.86% 9 Yes 57.14% 12 Total 21 Peugeot Toyota Carolla Volvo c30 BMW VW golf Ford Ka Golf estate Bmw 630i Saab 9-3 Mazda

6. What is the most important feature of a car that makes you want to purchase it? (multiple answers) Usability 28.57% Interior design 38.10% Exterior design 47.62% Price 52.38% Popularity 4.76% ECO efficient 42.86% Safety 33.33% Other 23.81% Total 21 It’s convinient Reliability Fuel type

6 8 10 11 1 9 7 5

11. When on holiday, where do you prefer to stay? • Bed & Breakfast (short stay) • Hotel • Camping The questions and comments I have displayed were the ones me • Other (please state in comments) and Katy would adjust and discuss upon between us. As well as Katy Comments would correct any mistakes I would make. I assume this survey might be filled by foreign people that is why bed and breakfast is explained 2. What is your age group? We have also conducted to more surveys with our team. One was about lifestyle of Volvo customers and the other one was focused on camping.

• 18-34 • 35-45 • 46-55 • 56 +

I think its worth to have those 35 to 45 and 46 to 55 separated by ten years gap as it is the main age group we targeting and we will be able to see straight away if our survey was answered by younger or older people.

6. What pets do you own? • Cat • Dog • Horse • Fish tank • Parrot • Hamster • Other (please state in comments) Comments There are so many options only because some people may have quite a lot of animals at once, with more options it will be easier to view data we collect on charts. Plus some may just tick one and not mention in comments their second one.

15. Do you own any of the following Technology? • IPhone • Android powered phone • IPad • Laptop • Other (please state in comments) Comments lets keep android powered phone in the option as not everyone will have i phone and it will save us from to long unnecessary comments about phone brands 17. What do you do towards sustainable living? (multiple answer choice) • Nothing • Recycle waste • Buy recycled products • Eat organic food • Buy Fare Trade or Organic Clothes • Have Eco efficient car • Other, please state in the comments Comments I think this question shows more in depth what are their views on sustainability.

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Sandra martynovskaja team 3 individual research  
Sandra martynovskaja team 3 individual research