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HELIOS

Solar powered public transportation system

Year:

Work:

Members

2019 -2021/ May

SWENSON MOBILITY

Engineering team, SJSU urban design, etc

 Helios is an automated pod transportation system. It is powered by a solar panels installed above tracks and can be used to transport a small number of individuals from one station to another without waiting.

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Intro

-History of mass transportation

 Over the years, mass transport systems such as trains or cars were invented in order to support the rising demand for transportation of people and goods. This system helped the modern civilization to grow and brought prosperity.

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Problem 

-Overload of population

 Over the years, however, society started to grow around the car industry, which started to solved problems around cars. This leads to more road, car accidents, and pollution. Even with public transportation, the lack of support for public transportation also leads to more and more problems.

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Solution

-Divide, we ride

 Instead of having a single vehicle running on a single track with a massive amount of people, diving people into separate pods may help to send a passenger to destinated spots without having to deal with long wait time, traffic issues, or problem of safety issues.

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Testing

-How people ride

 Quick mock-up testing has been done to measure the size, capacity, and shape.

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MOOD BOARD

-Stable speed

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Ideation

-Exploring options

 Each pod had to carry a certain number of passengers, which also requires calculations in weight and size of the vehicle

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Form Exploration

-Reviewing methods

Narrowing down

-Three main directions

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FINAL DESIGN

-Public transport pod system

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INTERIOR

-what it looks like inside

 bicycle rack has been installed on walls vertically, and seats were made to be foldable to give space for passengers to move in and out.

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STATION PLAN

-Where will it be located?

 We focused on having stations near the city area, to help reduce traffic and grant easier entrance for the public

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Final product

-Introducing Helios

 Helios is an transportation pod made for city environment, which passengers can ride to their designated stations.

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