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Engineering with Management students develop next-gen autonomous vehicles

7 April 2017


Budding engineers at Trinity College Dublin recently presented prototype autonomous vehicle concepts at a special showcase, having spent the last year designing solutions to a number of challenges facing designers in this emerging field.

The engineers, who are currently enrolled on the Engineering with Management course, were challenged with focusing on one specific design problem and asked to develop concept solutions and physical prototypes capable of demonstrating the features of their concept. Working in teams, they focused on sub-themes including sports cars, emergency response vehicles, public transport options, and aircraft logistics.

Among the prototype designs are a sports car that grants unrestricted access (making it easy for disabled people to ‘drive’); an ambulance with an expandable operating chamber to enable treatment at the scene of accidents in remote locations; a self-driving bus that caters to the elderly and those with mobility issues; a system that will allow automated push-back and aircraft movement to improve runway safety and make traffic handling more efficient.

Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Trinity, Conor McGinn, said: “The world is experiencing rapid change due to advancements in engineering and technology. One of the biggest revolutions that is currently taking place is in transport, where developments in artificial intelligence and electric motor technology is starting to fundamentally change how people and things go from A to B.”

Picture of Engineering with Management students and staff with their next-gen autonomous vehicles

During the event, which took place in the Science Gallery on 3rd April, the students presented their concept solutions to a full Paccar theatre before a hands-on demonstration of their working prototypes in the studio spaces.

“The student teams have worked hard for 7 months developing solutions showing how this emerging technology can change the world for good” said Assistant Professor David McKeown.”The excellent design concepts developed, offer truly novel and innovative ways to overcome big problems in such areas as public transport, emergency response, vehicle accessibility and airport logistics.”

Videos of the presentations delivered by each team can be seen here:

Team TowBot (Logistics Concept)


For more details on team TowBot’s prototype, check out this link

Team Althea (Emergency Response Concept)


For more details on team Althea’s prototype, check out this link

Team ArBus (Public Transport Concept)


For more details on team ArBus’s prototype, check out this link

Team AMP (Sportscar Concept)


For more details on team AMP’s prototype, check out this link


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