What if sensors placed in a steering wheel could detect and prevent impaired driving? Imagine a self-adjusting car seat that could eliminate whiplash injuries in collisions.
Picture a greener environment thanks to cleaner oil and gas pipeline transportation or engine air mixing mechanisms that lower pollutant emission levels.
These leading edge automotive technologies are being developed by Canadian university graduate students — also known as Highly Qualified People (HQP) — and will be showcased in AUTO21’s fourth annual TestDRIVE competition Dec. 3, 2013.
“AUTO21’s TestDRIVE competition gives our top students an opportunity to showcase their industry-led research, while bringing innovative technologies one step closer to the automotive market,” said Dr. Peter Frise, Scientific Director and CEO of AUTO21. “HQP are the future of a critical sector in the Canadian economy. They’re the people who will design the products and operate the factories that will make it possible for Canada to compete in the automotive world.”
TestDRIVE is being held at the annual general meeting of the Ontario Council of Manufacturing Executives at Queen’s Park in Toronto in partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.
Six AUTO21 HQP have been selected to compete for a $10,000 first place scholarship and a $5,000 second place scholarship. Student competitors include, Khashayar Ebrahimi from the University of Alberta, Mohammad Gholami from the University of Calgary, Mahmoud Khater from the University of Waterloo, Daniel Mang from the University of British Columbia, Pascal Tétrault from École de Technologie Supérieure and Ishika Towfic from the University of Windsor.
AUTO21 supports research projects in six key areas: health, safety and injury prevention; societal issues; materials and manufacturing; design processes; powertrains, fuels and emissions; and intelligent systems and sensors. A recent independent economic impact study of AUTO21 projects estimates that Network research is generating more than $1.1 billion in economic and social benefits to Canada. AUTO21 is supported by the Government of Canada through a Networks of Centres of Excellence program, and its administrative centre is hosted by the University of Windsor.