The design of a revolutionary vehicles, which came out of the conventional rules, sometimes not came out of the famous design house. This is evidenced by the three best designs from the Michelin Challenge Design 2016 competition were exhibited at the NAIAS 2016 in Detroit, United States sometime ago.
1. Google Community Vehicle
The first winner of the design contest is a unique tractor designed by a team led by Indian students named Rajshekhar Dass. This tractor is composed of two main parts. At the front is the driving force that is equipped with a large lamp. Not just any lamp, because it can be removed to be light the lamp house. In the remote villages of India, this is clearly a very useful feature.
|The vehicle can be driven to market - and then serve as a stall aswell. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1XP4dt)|
At the rear of the tractor has many functions. Part of this course can be used for transporting the harvest, but also can be used as a stall or kiosk. Besides this section can be changed as passenger cars. In other words, on the sidelines of her work as a farmer, the owner of the tractor can be a taxi driver and raises additional money for their family.
That makes the judges amazed is, the tractor is connected to the internet by utilizing the Google project, Project Loon. In emergency situations, the Internet is very important when the tractor was converted into an ambulance.
Dass tractor designed is not associated with Google, but that made the jury liked was the initiative of Dass and his friends to take advantage of an initiative or a scheme like Project Loon, so that the benefits of this scheme can be maximized.
The vehicle design became the second winner is still associated with the world of agriculture, this time in the context of a coffee plantation in remote Argentina. In this country, the coffee plantation occupied by many small farmers and often they have to use donkeys or horses to transport the coffee to the nearest processing centers.
|This bike is intended to traverse the same kind of terrain that mules climb. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1XP4dt)|
The terrain of the coffee transport lines is often narrow, up and down, and unpaved. Seeing the condition of Edgar Andres Sarmiento Garcia designing 'Arrierio,' a four-wheeled motorcycle that can replace a donkey or horse power.
The designer who lives in Bogota, Colombia, is deliberately making the bike 'naked' in the hope will be easier to maintain, and if there are damaging parts, the replacement process will be quick and cheap. To be more environmentally friendly, the coffe transport motorcycle was not using a fossil fuel.
3. Bamboo Recumbent
The third winner of the Michelin Challenge Design 2016 was won by Woo Sung Lee and Chan Yeop Jeong of South Korea, who designed the bamboo rafts. According to Woo and Chan, the raft reserved for the residents in slum area like Navotas in the central Philippines. They are definitely not the ones who can afford to buy a car. Though transportation is necessary, such as to evacuate people during floods.
|This vehicle could be used when roads become impassable because of flooding. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1XP4dt)|
In Navotas, the flooding mixed dirty waste quickly inundate residential areas due to the large volume of water that comes from landfills, located not far from the settlement. Rafts designed Woo and Chan made of bamboo, which is equipped with a motor. And because the motor is rotating, this mechanism is used in the process of cleaning water.
"The scale of the massive auto industry today is untenable in the long term," said Ben Ebel, member of the competition committee of the Michelin Challenge Design. And Ebel estimates will appear a model of organization or company that is more focused on the mobility aspect and not the number of units, but the approaches are different, as shown by the bamboo raft, Arrierio motorcycle, or revolutionary tractors from India. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MICHELIN CHALLENGE DESIGN | BBC]
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