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Students design eco-friendly bicycle-like vehicle

HT Correspondent  Jalandhar , January 24, 2014
First Published: 19:58 IST(24/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:15 IST(25/1/2014)

Their idea became an innovation as soon as they materialised it. Innovative minds of Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT) have developed a human power vehicle, which can be run like a bicycle by pedaling it. The vehicle has been named as 'Anant'.

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Based on the concept of vehicular stability, a group of students of electronics and communication and mechanical engineering departments have designed the manual vehicle in view of the problem of air pollution and rising cost of petrol.

The team included Prabhakar Gupta, Pawan Kumar, Aashish Kumar, Akash Gupta, Avinash Pratap Singh, Dheeraj Kumar Singh, Atul Prashar, Ankur Vats, Shubham Goyal, Prateek Brar and Nikunj Garg along with associate professor and adviser Pramod Kumar.

" The special features of this vehicle are that this vehicle is driven by human power. The comfort level of the driver has been kept in mind while designing it. The vehicle doesn't work with battery and fuel. Rather it runs manually by pedals," said Nikunj Garg.

"It is like a tricycle having gears made of lightweight aluminium alloy. We took 30 days to complete the vehicle. We have also used speedometer GPS receiver module arduino with console to get our position through satellite and programmed the arduino accordingly to get the speed more accurate than simple speedometers.

Another student added that they had used the dynamo to generate direct current using belt pulley arrangement with simple direct current motor.

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