Do you want to do something exciting, fun and meaningful this summer? The Inclusive Autonomous Vehicle Design Challenge is your opportuntity to work with peers and students from other disciplines to transform the way communities think about transportation.
Learn about innovation, inclusive design, product development and autonomous vehicle transportation. Practice how to effectively work in virtual, interdisciplinary teams while gaining experience and building your resume.
You will have an opportunity to win up to $1,500 while working with UB faculty on a proposal as well as the opportunity to compete nationally to develop a working prototype of your concept!
Autonomous vehicles will undoubtedly change the way all individuals travel. Additionally, there is significant national interest to ensure that this transportation transformation will specifically benefit those with disabilities who are currently unable to drive. Many design challenges must be addressed in order to do so. The time to create tomorrow’s solutions is now.
Develop an innovative design concept to ensure that the next generation of fully autonomous vehicles addresses the needs of everyone, specifically those unable to drive independently.
Register to participate on or before June 28. You will then organize into teams of 3-4 students, preferably from different disciplines, on a project of mutual interest. You will receive a series of virtual trainings instructed by faculty and industry experts on the goals of the academy, rules of the design competition, inclusive design, product development, autonomous vehicle transportation, virtual project teamwork and other cool topics from July 7-July 24, 2020. During this time, you will have access to mentors and coaches with interests or expertise related to your innovation. You will then refine your design ideas and present them in early August to a panel of expert judges that include autonomous vehicle manufacturers, product developers and members of the disability community.
Teams will focus on hardware and/or software solutions aimed to address barriers in transportation including:
All students will receive a certificate for participating in the academy. The top three design concepts will receive cash prizes to be split among team members: 1st ($1500), 2nd ($1000) and 3rd ($750). Winning teams will also be invited to work with faculty on the development a larger prototype proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation to further refine the design concept, additional prizes, and the opportunity to build a working prototype of the design concept. In order to accept prize money, students must have an ITIN or SSN.