Three wheelers of India:
According to the narrator, the very mention of the project name 'three wheeler design' made people think that the project is about 'auto rickshaw' design. The mention of three wheelers in India brings forth such similar images as the rickshaw look has been greatly embedded on our minds.
Also, there were two wheelers with side cars, accepted as means of transport; in fact as an extended family vehicle. The clue is to keep the two wheeler identity. Hence realizing – The final product should have the 'Form' that will destroy such image.
Inspiration: Three-wheeled Motorcycle Concept:
Carlos Calleja - A Spanish engineer had designed three-wheeled motorcycle concept, which tilted while cornering. The tilting mechanism was very simple and very viable. He had made a prototype and had tested it successfully.
The narrator found this mechanism quite interesting thought that an extension of the mechanism can be applied to a small vehicle that can function as an extended two wheeler and be made more safe and reliable. In India, there is no such automotive product, which can be better and secure with the comfort of a car and the ride and handling of a two-wheeler.
The objective of the final product was to develop a concept that is more safe and less polluting and efficient in terms of utilization. In short, a concept that is intermediate to a two‐wheeler and a car. An effort is made to design a new type of a vehicle, which attempts to solve many of the problems associated with the two‐wheeler while maintaining the benefits of the same.
The Final Product:
The final product – Three wheeler which maintains the "motorcycle feeling", offers diverse advantages with respect to a conventional motorcycle. It considerably reduces the possibility of the rear tire sliding (the most frequent cause of motorcycle accidents).
As the target user was decided early on and very specifically in order to clearly define the scope of the design. The driver need not hold the vehicle when stationary, because it maintains its upright position when the balancer is locked.
Case Study Downloads:
• Design of Three-Wheeler – Three-Wheeled Motorcycle Concept - pdf