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Nathan Lildhar

Going into Humber with the focus of specializing in transportation design, I have fortunately acquired skills through these four years that go beyond just that. Learning through my teachers and competing with my peers has pushed me to be a critical thinker and problem solver when it comes to design. Four years and hundreds of projects later, I have learned that design is never quite perfect and that there is always something that can be improved.

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The Four Essential Pillars for Design Excellence

The four essential pillars encompass human-centric design approach and the understanding of full-bodied, three dimensional physical interaction of user, product and environment. The projects generate innovative solutions using research-driven, evidence-based designs which focus on the user experience.

Enhancement of Human Lifestyle

Whether you take public transit or a personal vehicle for your daily commute, the ability and time of getting to your destination are getting worse.

Gemini enhances your freedom to travel where you want much easier without having to own a personal vehicle or sacrifice your personal space on public transit. Having the option to connect pods allows you to travel together or solo. Connecting pods will advise the users to select a primary driver.

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Human-Interaction & User-Centric Design

The shift for vehicle ownership is changing and getting to your destination is making ride-share services more popular.

However, like most public transit, Gemini uses a ‘tap and go’ sensor system to activate its vehicle for use. This means getting where you want, when you want and being in control of your route. This design introduces a new way of inner-city travel.

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Ergonomics & Human Factors Design

The benefit of using magnetic levitation means you have more control over your vehicle.

The ability to drive both spherical wheels in any controlled direction makes vehicle handling, lane-changing, and parking easier than ever. The yolk-style steering wheel allows the wheels to actively turn while determining the speed and turning radius of your driving. Additionally, the instrumental panel is designed to allow users to wirelessly cast their personal devices to view navigation and connect audio.

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Sustainability & Social Responsibility

Gemini focuses on reducing its carbon footprint not only through natural and recycled resources but ensuring a product that can be disassembled and reprocessed.

Gemini uses recycled aluminum for its body, flax-based natural composites for interior panelling, recycled polypropylene for cladding, and lithium-ion battery packs that can be recycled. Gemini is designed to benefit a circular economy.

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GEMINI - Modular Commuter Pod

Project Summary

In large cities and suburbs, especially in North America, average commute times are increasing to over an hour. The time and struggle of daily commuting have shown significant negative implications towards health and happiness. To mitigate the issues of road congestion and physical and mental strenuosity, the design aims to solve a way that adapts to increasing traffic, expanding urban development, and a better experience of road transportation. Gemini is designed to make travelling within densely residential areas easier. Gemini is a network of pod-like vehicles that are used to adapt cities and suburbs to a carsharing system.

Thesis Summary Motion Presentation

3D render of the Gemini commuter pod on a street

Gemini is a modular commuter vehicle designed to improve the commuting experience through a car-sharing system. Gemini enhances both travel freedom and driving capability.

Thesis Development Process

poster showing the design and development process of the GEMINI commuter pod

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3D Design Development & Modeling

CAD Modeling Video

CAD model of the GEMINI pod

Here's a quick look at the 3D modelling process of Gemini. The design was modelled in Fusion 360 and rendered in Keyshot 11.

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