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Urban mobility app wins connected car challenge
Atos IT connected car challenge won by mobile phone app which guides drivers at the correct speed through phased traffic signals in urban areas.
The “Evergreen” project enables drivers who have installed the app to make use of urban traffic light phasing to ride the wave of green lights and reduce emmissions through smoother driving and less idling as well as improving mobility through congestion reduction and safety by matching traffic light phasing which assumes conformance to speed regulations.
The app can also be used to gather data which can be fed back to urban planners to improve traffic signalling infrastructure within the city and meet its mobility targets based on real data. Two Austrian cities have already expressed interest in deploying the award winning software from students at the University of Hagenberg.
This year’s annual IT Challenge set by Atos focused on the emerging connected vehicle market and was launched in conjunction with car manufacturer Renault. The winning team from Austria will have an opportunity to work with Renault on the company’s connected vehicle R-Link project. The team collected their award, tickets to Sochi and gold medals from Atos management at the company’s HQ in Paris.
A total of 55 entries to the competition were judged and a shortlist was created from teams of students from universities in Austria, France, the Netherlands, Spain, India, the UK, USA and Germany. The topic of the connected car was chosen for its potential for innovation in a developing market segment and resulted in creative entries from students addressing various aspects of driver safety, convenience and ecological awareness.
The silver medal winning project was called “Drivebuddy” and was submitted by students from Austria’s University of Hagenberg. This system was also smartphone based and centred around detection capabilities within the phone for assessing the environment around the car and feeding information to the driver based on this input. Input from detectors and GPS provides information on lanes, traffic signs and road topography. Such technology is already available as in-vehicle systems but this is the first such application available to mobile phone owners thus making premium safety technology available to more people in line with the team’s adage of “Safety is not a question of budget”.
Bronze winning students came from INP ENSEEIHT in France with their “Rides” project, a social network car-pooling application that matches drivers with potential passengers for intra-urban journeys in real time.
The Atos CEO, Thierry Breton, commented that the company had been impressed by the quality of the entries and the enthusiasm and creativity of the participants. He said that it demonstrated that such innovative thinking can add value in the use of IT for solving problems. He sees the competition as being a good opportunity for demonstrating the level of talent available in the next generation of IT professionals.
Renault’s Marc Pajon added that the students involved in the Atos IT challenge will be the driving force behind information technology of the future.