Disk breaks and Design Thinking
Here's a perhaps unusual example of a story about Design Thinking.
Car breaks are a huge aspect of a car.
Without them, cars would be useless.
Break mechanisms used to be very big in the past.
They were big drums which took up a huge volume inside the car.
They used to get very hot and took up a lot of energy to manage.
A small team of British engineers deployed Design Thinking to reframe the problem of a car break.
A team of around 6 people rethought the entire concept.
Up until then, Germans were the leaders in car break manufacturing.
The British came up with .
A completely different approach to this problem.
Much smaller, less heat generated, better usage of space, lighter car.
Disk breaks are now everywhere in cars.
How big an impact has this invention had on the nature of automotive industry?
A simple Design Thinking reframe led to major changes in an industry.