Mobility and Vehicle Design

Jinesh P. Bhaskaran

Adaptation of driver interface of Volvo trucks in India

Guided by Prof.Nishant Sharma

Trucks play a major role in smooth running of an economy. They are the base of inland freight movement. There are trucks which travel inter continent to supply goods. All perishable goods supply depends on trucks. But trucking in India is not so developed even the freight movement is plenty. Indian truck drivers spent up to a month in a truck cabin during their trips. Even though India is an emerging economy trucking in India is a cottage industry owned by families and poorly treated drivers. they never get amenities to sleep or take rest, there is no air conditioning and sometimes a kerosene stove is a luxury. With entry of brands like Daimler, Volvo, scania etc. into Indian market trucking going to experience drastic changes.

Styling of Next gen. last mile people carrier for Ashok Leyland

Guided by Prof.Nishant Sharma internship at Ashok Leyland styling studio

While rapid transit solutions such as light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit (BRT) are popular ways to increase a particular area’s transit network coverage, the fact that they stop only every mile on average to maintain a high average speed means that geographically most of an urban area will be beyond an easy walking distance to a station. The fact that many residences and businesses lay beyond an easy walking distance to a station is known as the “last mile problem”, and is a barrier to better utilization of a rapid transit network. This article examines the modes in which the last mile could conceivably be covered. Styling of Next generation last mile people carrier (11+D microbus ) which will be a fully built solution- body built through fabrication, 30–14 % can be assumed as tooled up parts.

Bhangare Amol Anil

Bionics in mobility design: Good carrying two wheeler

Guided by Prof.Nishant Sharma

Inspired from honeypot ants goods carrying two wheeler is an attempt to provide an affordable and smart solution to the people who need to carry goods on bike on daily basis. Ladder frame chassis allows cantilever form for more cargo space. A skin inspired from Honeypot ants holds cargo in transit. With the bigger storage space, Electrically operated Goods Carrying two wheeler can make it easier for online shopee delivery boys to deliver stuff in urban areas.

Future Autonomous Compact Transport [FACT]

Guided by Prof.Nishant Sharma internship at TATA Motors design studio

FACT is semi autonomous compact vehicle with off roading capabilities. A convincing proposal for a vehicle which communicates the “Do anything; Go anywhere”  capability of the vehicle and that would make it relevant  beyond the current customer base. The proposal also  takes care of the legendary TATA offroad DNA which is a  key strength of the Brand. Typical car experience is characterised by the normal arrangement such as dashboard, doors etc. The exploration of the unknown can be a fun experience if the design can capitalize on the  freedom given by autonomy.

Design sketches By-           Dhananjay Chile
CAS and Visualization-      Amol Bhangare
Softwares used-                 Alias Automotive, VRED

Shreyas Barve

Restyling of TATA Winger

Guided by Prof.Nishant Sharma

The current Tata winger is based on Renault Traffic MK1 model ( 1995-2001).  The Renault traffic was upgraded twice afterwards. Existing Tata winger follows design language commonly used in late 90s. So there is a need to upgrade the existing design of the Tata winger so that it follows current trends and design language of Tata motors. The expectations of user were briefly understood with the help of user study and study of reports depicting current situation of Indian commercial vehicle segment. The user study was useful in identifying the test of the user and its expectation from a commercial vehicle.

Racecar Design for Le Mans

Guided by Prof.Nishant Sharma

Le Mans is considered to be the toughest challenge in automotive racing in terms of endurance. The project is aimed to look at future transportation scenario, nature of endurance race and the vehicles involved. The objective is to come up with the Vehicle concept consisting futuristic technologies which can take the vehicle beyond the current constraints.

Rishi Soman

Restyling the Bajaj Chetak/Vespa Sprint

Guided by Prof.Nishant Sharma

The classic Bajaj Chetak reinterpreted for today. Extensive study of the market and probable customers formed the basis of this project. Numerous iterations and concepts were studied and the final design is a refinement of the idea of a modern Bajaj Chetak.

You can find more about this project here

A race car for Le Mans 2030

Guided by Prof. Lance Rake

The 24hrs of Le Mans is, as the name suggests, a 24 hours long endurance race. Often considered the most prestigious motorsport. This year’s Michelin Challenge Design invites designers to interpret a Le Mans race car for 2030. Technology forecast was studied to understand the future scenario. The final concept is an interpretation of man and machine endurance. Man is assisted by AI, while the machine could be likened to a mecha-beast. Mecha-beast and man is the final theme of the concept.

Electric Street Bike for Tork Motors

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma internship at Tork Motors

Tork Motors, an electric motorbike startup, wanted a vision for their future product lineup. This design is a culmination of a month long design process involving various concept studies. The final design reflects purity in geometry and detail.

You can find more about the project here

Ajithlal C M

Electric two wheeler for Urban youth

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma

India is a young nation. 50% of India’s population are of under 25 years of age. Young people wish to express themselves through the things they own. Especially so in the case of vehicles. Even if India is the second largest motorcycle market in the world, it is dominated by commuter motorcycles. For youngsters who live in urban area, the choice is normally any of the mainstream commuter motorcycles, which is aimed at a larger demographic. The project is about styling an electric urban commuter motorcycle for the youth which reflects their lifestyle. Electric drivetrain is preferred because it allows more form exploration.

An entry level Royal Enfield

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma internship at Royal Enfield styling studio

The project is about designing an entry level Royal Enfield. Existing motorcycles form RE are for purists only. As the brand is trying to be the global leader in midsize motorcycles, a motorcycle which is more accessible is required from the brand. This project will be a pursuit to achieve that aim without losing on RE’s core values. User inputs are given importance here. The most challenging aspects would be the market positioning and bringing RE’s essence into a completely new motorcycle.

Arjunkumar Bavalia

Restyling of TATA SE Truck Cab (Exterior)

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma

Commercial vehicle is the lifeline of Indian economy. About two-third of goods transportation is handled by commercial vehicle with in the country and across the neighbouring country. Commercial vehicle has remarkable contribution in the GDP of country. Commercial vehicle is classified into three major class i.e. light commercial vehicle, medium commercial vehicle and heavy commercial vehicle. Due to reforms by Government, Infrastructure development, mining sector, improvement in roads, hub& spoke model due to urbanization, and golden quadrilateral are main driving factor booming commercial vehicle in India. Especially M& HCV is the most important segment in the range (16 to 25ton) in Indian market.

This project is hypothetical which deals with the restyling of TATA SE truck. The product is chosen for restyling because the product has much potential in the market. The TATA SE is most popular truck still now in every sector like cargo, tipper, defence vehicle, rescue vehicle etc. compared to other models by different manufacturers. But still it requires some change by addition of new essential features, technology, and aesthetic. Which do not only make it sustainable for Indian market but also can increase it demand at International level. This project deals with creating new design language in truck segment for TATA which is exclusively based on styling of exterior cab.

Dubai City Bus

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma

This project is a hypothetical academic based project to design a city bus for Dubai. It is not just a city bus but it is a city bus for Dubai. The bus should express Dubainess at the end of the day and which make it different from rest of the city buses running in other cities in the world. It is a 24+D city bus. It starts with the understanding about Dubai and find some design attributes for the design and study about few transportation evolution in the world like in aviation, rail etc. Background study of the users is carried out and on that basis persona decided which makes the research more comprehensive.

The project phases and deliverable includes exploration, conceptualization of ideas, final concept rendering, a mock up scale model of exterior and a scale mock-up of typical seating pitch represents key design aspects.

A Documentation of Pottery & Ceramics in Gujarat

Guided by Prof. Raja Mohanty

The pottery is can be synonym for birth, creation. In Hindu mythology also there is vast description of pottery. I chose this topic as my research seminar because it has touched me. Whenever I use to go to some shopping place or malls and entering in any big shop selling beautiful ceramic pots which are very expensive I come up with an applaud and word’-”Wow”. But I also sometimes think about that who created it who is behind it. Why we have limited those pots for decoration purpose only.  Why they are so expensive and very limited available. To answer certain questions arose in my mind I took up interest and did some study from internet, books, travelling to some places in Gujarat, interacted with potters and their family. Tried different clays and got a hands-on experience obtained from different places of Gujarat.

Nikhil. K.S

Bamboo cycle for children

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma

Bicycles are the first automobile or transportation product which the world has used over the years in one’s lifespan. Hence children hold the major share for that consistent demand in the
market. The advancement in the area of materials being used in the bike is only seen in the foreign brands which tries to make the bicycle light and comfortable for the rider. Whereas the Indian brands are still hanging on to the steel tubes, only trying to focus on cost reduction. The world is blessed with all sort of materials, natural and man-made which have similar properties making it appropriate for building bicycles. Bamboo is one of such materials which is the fastest growing biomass in the planet. With mechanical properties which is comparable with steel and other materials, Bamboo fits perfectly for the frame structure of the bicycle.

This project aims at using bamboo for the framework of a bicycle, for children between the age group of 9-11. The framework tries to take maximum leverage from different properties of bamboo & will be a DIY (Do It Yourself) kit. The DIY concept tries to revive the culture of making things which has been fading in the past few years due to technological advancements which tries to make our lives effortless. The design of the bicycle frame will also acknowledge the basic needs of a child whether aesthetic or functional and thereby trying to become a companion for him/her.

Law enforcement drone

Guided by Prof. Lance Rake

For things to run smoothly in a country the government makes law and orders. But ensuring that the thing are in order is a tough job. All humans have personal goals and agenda and there is always a possibility for clash of agendas which leads to problems. Hence the police force has been given the task to maintain Law and Order in the country.

To ensure that the task assigned to them is done, the police have to be in the run looking out for the good and the bad happening in their domain. To get that job done, transportation plays an important role and the vehicles in use must have the capabilities to aid the cops in doing so.

This project looks into the vehicles which our police forces use and analyze the purpose for which they are used, to make appropriate design interventions so that the job of the cops are made better. A police officer should be a respectable personality in the community. And so do the vehicles which they use.

Unraveling Bamboo at Uravu

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma internship at Uravu

This project aims at understanding the material Bamboo and its capabilities. To achieve the goal i had gone to Uravu, an NGO involved in bamboo crafts and tourism. Here i was able to get a hands on experience with the material. Worked along with the artisans and craftsmen of the village who really gave me a lot of information about the material. Toys for kids, stationery products like pens, book shelves were explored in the course of the project. Another area which was explored was mobility solutions through bamboo in the form of bicycles. An attempt was made to make an unconventional bamboo bike. With the help of my friends and the people at uravu i was able to achieve the project goal and i will keep learning more about this wonder material.

Pankaj Kuli

Bionics in Mobility design: Smart transportation for smart cities

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma

Nature has 3.8 billion years of design experience. Design inspired by nature, bionic design, biomimetic, biomimicry, or biologically inspired design have been a source of inspiration for design activities for a long time.According to those who believe that all living things are a result of evolution, life evolved from simple to complex. Plants, which are simpler than animals, are believed to have evolved before animals. Plants have various structures that enable them to survive, transport structures in plants by which water and trace elements move. For over three billion years, plants have been using sunlight as its primary energy source in photosynthesis. As per research the brief was set to devise a transportation system inspired from the networks, anatomy and sustainability of a plant. This project covers from the system level design to design of the vehicle itself. The system is proposed in a hypothetical scenario in our near future megalopolis where personal vehicles  tend to become obsolete due to traffic congestion and management  issues. So, autonomous modular  pod vehicles can be the alternate solution for transportation which  is run by state of the art technology monitored by a central information server.

Concept Sports car for Le Mans 24 hours 2030

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma

There is nothing like the Le Mans 24 Hours. The world’s greatest race has always been more than the pure pursuit of speed. Le Mans is the ultimate test of ideas, innovations, endurance, creativity and beauty. This project aimed to design a breakthrough race car to win the Le Mans 24 Hours in the year 2030.The main focus was to design a sports car which can deal with high speed cornering using adaptive wheels and body.

Organic Photovoltaic products: Portable light source

Guided by Prof. Nishant Sharma

The latest advances in molecular engineering have uncovered a series of organic cell potential advantages that may eventually outbalance the benefits of silicon based solar cells. Although conventional solar cells currently dominate the existing market, the case may be quite different in the near future. The intention of the project was to explore and ideate different portable light products exploiting the application of organic photovoltaic.

Rohit Kartha

Urban personal transport vehicle

Guided by Prof. K Ramachandran

Transportation systems in Metropolitan areas of the world are an area where smart design solutions are required as it subjected to unrelenting stress year round just by the sheer number of people who depend on it. This project involves the design of a micro, two seater electric city car that reduces the space on road that commuters take up in dense urban metropolises. It is a concept of what urban transportation of the near future could look like.

Luxury Yacht inspired from traditional Kerala boats

Guided by Prof. Lance Rake

This project deals with the design of a luxury yacht inspired from traditional Kerala boat making, utilising local materials and taking inspiration from the culture and aesthetics of the state. The yacht is indented to usher in a new era to Kerala tourism which will be equipped to handle tourists expecting very high standards of luxury yet want to be immersed in the experience that is Kerala.

Visual analysis of hand painted lettering in Tamil

Guided by Prof. G V Sreekumar

If you have ever been to the city of Chennai it is quite likely you would have come across a hand painted street art within the first 10 minutes of you being there.  From the colourful walls outside the international airport to the centuries old colonial railway station to the numerous bus stands in the city, public spaces are a melting pot for hand painted street art which has come to be an integral part of the culture of Chennai.   From bold Tamil slogans to portraits of politicians, Chennai exhibits a unique culture of street art. While the majority of the art are of competing political parties fighting it out for the most elaborate and colourful creations, there are other genre of art too.  Small general stores and barber shops still have hand painted signs and small scale industries still commission artists to paint their Ads on walls across the city  This project is a documentation of the different types of street art found in Chennai.