Indian design students show their solutions
February 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
The first students on a post-graduate diploma course in Transportation and Automobile Design at India’s National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, have completed their programme, reports Car Design News, which has a full review of the degree show.
The students appear to have embraced the challenges of developing vehicles for mass-mobility in India and have come up with some creative solutions. Ramesh Gound’s Plug-In (pictured) is particularly neat: it’s a pair of bikes with electronic drive-by-wire controls which can be electromagnetically fused to form a four-wheeled low-slung sports car, or separated again to split into two bikes – ideal for congested cities like Mumbai, says its creator.
Car-sharing featured in several of the degree projects; Gautam Nair’s Zephyr has a flexible platform and interior, adapted using a swipe-card to activate different settings, and allowing for customisation by different users.
Other notable projects included a compressed air/electric hybrid, a spiral-form one-seater mobility device and, at the other end of the scale, a 5m-long truck with in-wheel motors inspired by an Audi military vehicle from WWII. More at Car Design News.