2016 Michelin Challenge Design: Indian team wins with the Google Community Vehicle
Michelin has announced the 14 winners of the 2016 Michelin Challenge Design, Mobility for All Designing for the Next Frontier. The teams included members from Albania, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.
The team that took first place are from India and comprise of Rajshekhar Dass, Abu Huraira Shaikh, Sunny Duseja, Joji Isaac, Saksham Karunakar and Tajeshwar Kaul for their design entry, the Google Community Vehicle. Their design entry is targeted at the rural farming communities of India.
The Google Community Vehicle is designed to be multi-purpose mode of transport. It can be used as a farm vehicle that attaches to farming equipment or as a means to transport the produce. The Google Community Vehicle has been put together quite cleverly. The headlamp, can be detached to be used as a community street light, while the engine can be used as a source of power for the farmer's house. Another problem faced by farmers in India is the lack of income during the off-season. To tackle this situation, the Google Community Vehicle can be transformed into a passenger carrier that the farmer can use to earn additional income.
The Google Community Vehicle can be transformed into an emergency response unit as well. Designed to be connected to a Google Loon balloon, the nearest vehicle to the emergency will be deployed. To tackle bad roads it is designed to use a system that allows the chassis structure to function as the suspension. Additionally, the Google Community Vehicle would get Momentum Wheels which use segmented modules that increase momentum over rough terrain by pushing against each other.
Michelin will take one representative designer from each of the top three teams to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). They will be recognised during Michelin's Designer's Reception. The designs of the 14 winners will be displayed at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit in January.
Stewart Reed, jury chairman of the Michelin Challenge Design had said, "The jury was highly impressed by the ingenious, often simplistic and creative mobility solutions that were submitted for this year's Michelin Challenge Design competition. Designing mobility for all is such an important topic in the automotive industry. Receiving entries from nearly 70 countries reinforces the importance and global nature of the Michelin Challenge Design."
For more information on the winners of the contest, you can read the press release given below.
MICHELIN ANNOUNCES 2016 WINNERS OF 'MOBILITY FOR ALL' INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION
|GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 9, 2015 Michelin today announced the 14 winners of the global 2016 Michelin Challenge Design, "Mobility for All Designing for the Next Frontier." Works by individuals and teams of designers from Albania, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States were selected by a distinguished jury of the world's top automotive designers and industry experts. The 14 winning designs from the 2016 entries were chosen from more than 875 registrants representing 68 countries. Over 15 years, Michelin Challenge Design has received a total of 8,268 entries from 121 countries. "The winners of our 2016 Michelin Challenge Design showed tremendous creativity, innovation and focus on providing mobility in a number of diverse applications," said Thom Roach, vice president of original equipment marketing for Michelin North America. "We congratulate the winners on designing thought-provoking mobility solutions that can potentially provide a source of transportation to an underserved area of the world." Selected by the jury as the 2016 Michelin Challenge Design winners: ü First place: Rajshekhar Dass, Abu Huraira Shaikh, Sunny Duseja, Joji Isaac, Saksham Karunakar and Tajeshwar Kaul of Pune, India, for design entry "Google Community Vehicle" ü Second place: Edgar Andres Sarmiento Garcia of Bogota, Colombia, for design entry "Arriero" ü Third place: WooSung Lee and Chan YeopJ eong of Gyeongsan-si, South Korea, for design entry "Bamboo Recumbent" Additional winners of the 2016 Michelin Challenge Design are (in alphabetical order): ü Nathan Allen of Redding, Calif., for design entry "Stator Scooter" ü M.Y. Alief Samboro and Agri Bisono of Malang, Indonesia, for design entry "LOGon" ü Sergio Botero of Medellin, Colombia, for design entry "Capicua" ü Nicholas Lee Dunderdale of the United Kingdom, for design entry "Panda" ü Ryan Ebbers of Newmarket, Ontario, for design entry "Dmine" ü Mike Lai, Joe Wu and Johnny Li of Taipei, Taiwan, for design entry "M-Clinic" ü Hung-Ju Lee of Taiwan, for design entry "Loxodon" ü Conner Macfarlane and Collin Lafayette of Ore., and Danville, Calif., (respectively) for design entry "URRU" ü Armando Mercado of Mexico City, Mexico, for design entry "Tire Assembly is Required" ü Marin Myftiu, Hussain Almossawi and Huracan Motors of Tirana, Albania; Manama, Bahrain; and Venice, Italy (respectively), for design entry "Huracan City Rover" ü Arkadiusz Stoklosa, Michal Maciukiewicz and ThomaszKwolek of Tarnobrzeg, Krakow and Mielec, Poland (respectively), for design entry "Volkswagen Monsoon" ü (Images of the winning entries are available at www.michelinchallengedesign.com) A representative designer from each of the three winning teams will be invited to attend the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as guests of Michelin and will be recognized during Michelin's annual private DESIGNER'S RECEPTION. Michelin will display the designs of all 14 winners at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit in January. All members of each winning team are invited to join an exclusive online community restricted to Michelin Challenge Design winners and jurors. "The jury was highly impressed by the ingenious, often simplistic and creative mobility solutions that were submitted for this year's Michelin Challenge Design competition," said Stewart Reed, Michelin Challenge Design jury chairman and chair of the Transportation Design Department, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. "Designing mobility for all is such an important topic in the automotive industry. Receiving entries from nearly 70 countries reinforces the importance and global nature of Michelin Challenge Design." 2015 Michelin Challenge Design Jury: § Stewart Reed; Chair, Transportation Design Department, Art Center College of Design, Consultant and Jury Chairman, Michelin Challenge Design § Nick Malachowski, Design Manager, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles § Dave Marek, Acura Global Creative Director, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. § Rich Plavetich, General Manager, Design Business, Nissan Design America § Frank Saucedo, Director, General Motors Advanced Design Studio § Thomas Sycha, Design Manager, BMW Group Design, Europe § Freeman Thomas, Director, Strategic Design, Ford Motor Company For more information and images, visit www.michelinchallengedesign.com|
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