Delighting Millennials-Integrated Innovation Institute - Carnegie Mellon University

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  WHAT FEATURES WOULD MILLENNIALS WANT IN THEIR ELECTRIC VEHICLE?

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Students: Michael Agres, Gautam Ghorpade, John Kim, Anna Ostberg, Eunice Park, Michael Reese, Samantha Simmons

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Everyone would like a clean car, if it cleaned itself. Millennials even feel they drive well in a cleaner car, but keeping a car clean takes extra effort and time that many prefer to spend elsewhere. Students designed a self-cleaning car comprising a robotic vacuum that cleans the car while the owner is asleep at home. The robot cleans along a pre-programmed path on the floor and retracts to a dock stationed under the control panel to charge for next time.

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Students: Amy Chang, Greg Fulco, Sanghmitra Gupta, Mike Klimkewicz, Juliet LaDieu, Prahlad Menon

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Millennials visit multiple stores to shop for groceries and prefer to run errands along the way. But colder purchases like milk and frozen foods demand they drive back home immediately to retain quality. As a reprieve, students designed a compact refrigerator in the trunk of the car, which can be set to cool remotely via an app and car’s power. No need to worry about frozen foods melting anymore. Enjoy the drive.

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Students: Joey Cordes, Max Franklin, Emily Kulick, Julius Tarng, Paresh Vasandani

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Waiting is often annoying. Especially when stuck in a car waiting for it to charge during a break in a long ride. For hyper-connected Millennials, this is precious time wasted doing nothing. Students proposed an interactive windshield to access email, social media and music while waiting in the car. Accessorized with a dock for mobile phones and a keyboard controller, car owners won’t mind waiting at all.

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