By Snehil Singh

According to the ICCT, about 50% of India’s vehicular emissions come from vehicles that are more than 10 years old. A 2015 survey by GIZ and Central Pollution Control Board estimated that 87 lakh vehicles reached End-of-Life (ELV) status by 2015. The ELV projection for 2025 is estimated to be nearly 2.18 crore. Currently, BS III and BS IV vehicles largely dominate the vehicle fleet across India with BS I and BS II vehicles continuing in varied proportions.

To contain vehicular pollution, the government plans to ensure; 1) newer vehicles on the road are cleaner (India recently…


By Yash Narain

Source: The New Indian Express

Roundabouts are universally acknowledged as safer alternatives to traffic light intersections. They force the driver to adjust their speed, pay attention to incoming traffic and merge with caution. That is probably why New Delhi is full of them, right? Apparently not.

In the early 1910s when the initial plans for the city were being compiled, the pre-eminent architect for the city Edwin Lutyens envisioned a grid line pattern intersecting at right angles, much like New York. Lord Hardinge, the Viceroy and Governor-General at the time, however, informed him of the intense dust storms that frequent the region…


By Siddhant Chatterjee

Example of using distinct shapes in colour-blind friendly traffic lights. (Source: Statesman)

What was the first thing we learnt in preschool? Shapes. These basic identifiers become anchors that dictate how we perceive, distinguish, interact with objects throughout our lives.


By Anish Michael

Source: ClearViewIP

Science fiction has teased the idea of flying cars for decades with no real headway. However recent advancement in innovation and technology hints at the fantasy of “The Jetsons” coming to reality, with small aircrafts buzzing around neighbourhoods which could very well be the future of mobility.

Imagine zipping across from Connaught Place to Gurugram or Bengaluru International Airport to Koramangala, in under 10 minutes, saving at least 2 hours on travel — a priority on any commuters’ wishlist!

The prevailing congestion problems and the anticipated growth of traffic in the coming decade fuel the need to…


By Aishwarya Raman and Apoorv Kulkarni

Source: Ola Mobility Institute

Budget 2021, presented by India’s first full-time female Finance Minister, is a charter of hope for women in the economy. Empowering women and accelerating female labour force participation (FLFP) constituted important factors in its formulation and presentation. For the first time, the impetus to reverse the declining FLFP rates has finally been formally recognised.

Today, only 20% of Indian women aged 15–59 undertake paid work. FLFP rates have been declining over not just years, but decades, with an all-time high of 33% back in 1972–73. The participation of women in the economy is nowhere…


By Aishwarya Raman and Sreelakshmi R.

What do cows, cowries, and copper coins have in common? All were once forms of money, and coins even have etymological connections- the English usage of the word “cash” can be traced back to the Tamil kaasu, meaning “coin money”. These bulky items have been replaced by more portable and digital upgrades — including the most recent Bitcoin — a transformation made possible by the advent of FinTech, or Financial Technologies.

FinTech has catered to the fast movement of money across platforms, geographies, currencies, and usage contexts. Operating digitally, FinTech has revolutionised how we…


By Sreelakshmi R.

Source: https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/car-designer-gm623488616-109368851

There exists a stereotype today that women are poor drivers. This thinking is perhaps evidenced by the statistic that female drivers are 17% more likely to die from car crashes. But the real reason may be more surprising and less obvious: cars are simply not designed for women as drivers.

The car is designed to be driven by a “Reference Man”, the assumption of a standard person in body, culture and habits. By implication, the standard is male. Therefore, while crash-testing cars, the dummies used are just scaled down male dummies, not accounting for the physiological and…


By Yash Narain

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On the left: Inverted traffic Light at Tipperary Hill. Source: Dawn Amsbaugh (Pinterest)
On the right: A statue installed at the intersection in 1996 depicting an Irish immigrant father pointing towards the light and explaining its significance to his wife and children. Source: Sandy Fillinghan (Pinterest)

Nestled between Tomkins Street and Milton Avenue in Tipperary Hill district in the city of Syracuse, New York, a humble traffic light offers a curious exception to the otherwise dreary and monotonously certain world of urban transport infrastructure. It is the only traffic light in the United States- and by some accounts in the whole world- which is inverted, with green on top of red; and the story of how this came to be is incredibly fascinating.

Traffic lights installation in the city started in the 1920s. Being home to a large community of Irish immigrants, a…


by Sreelakshmi R.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Infrastructure was the buzzword surrounding the recently announced Union Budget 2021–22. While we may immediately think of highways, bridges and electric grids at the very mention of it, infrastructure can mean far more than physical, brick and mortar structures for public use. As with pretty much everything in the 21st century, infrastructure is also digital.

This fascinating essay explains what platforms are, going above and beyond the meaning that they are marketplaces where service providers meet consumers. It explores the nature of a platform, and how it enables these interactions and exchanges. A key aspect, as it…

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