In Bengaluru, known for its innovative spirit, an Uber driver named Durai has created a buzz with his ingenuity.
Durai, suffering from shoulder pain, designed a paddle shifter for his car to ease the discomfort while changing gears. The invention, which cost him Rs 9,000, was discovered by a techie named Parth Parmar during a ride from Marathahalli to HSR Layout. "The whole thing cost him ₹9,000," Parmar wrote on X.
"This could be huge. Wish he gets the right support and guidance to make it big. No dearth of talent in India," Parmar said. In a subsequent tweet, Parmar explained, "He turned the stick behind the steering into a paddle shifter, connected with a chip which activates the relays which drives the motor assembly to shift the gear."
Parmar also shared that Durai speaks 4 languages. "And to be honest, he knew Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, and Kannada. And that's what shows real India. Speaks what he needs, does what he needs, invents what he needs. That's India how it's supposed to be."
This Uber driver designed paddle shifter himself cz he was having shoulder pain while changing gears. whole thing cost him 9k!!— Parth Parmar (@ParmarParth91) January 6, 2024
This could be huge. Wish he gets ryt support n guidance to make it big. No dearth of talent in India. #peakbengalurumoment #Bengaluru #indiantalent pic.twitter.com/PvxCpCHDTF
The post quickly went viral, receiving a wave of positive reactions from netizens. Here are some of the reactions:
"Good for him. But If am not wrong it's a Bajaj Qute which has a sequential gear system due to which it was possible. So this is a restricted use case. Will paddle shifter help in regular car, yes if it has AMT installed already. Many AT cars do come with shifters now," a user wrote.
"Can someone explain what is happening here. Floor gear to hand gear ?" he asked.
Parth explained that the Uber driver turned the sick behind the steering into a paddle shifter, connected with a chip which activates the relays which drives the motor assembly to shift the gear."
"Hats off to him for both talent and for his effort to speak in Hindi!" another user wrote.
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