Master students Transportation Sciences visit Automotive Campus May 17, 2016
On Friday, May 13, 2016, our master students visited the Automotive Campus in Helmond (The Netherlands), which is the international hotspot in the field of automotive (technology) and smart mobility.
Autonomous vehicles will soon be reality. Google is testing autonomous vehicles and the car industry soon followed Googles example. Therefore, Prof. Tom Brijs and Caroline Arien devoted attention to this topic in their course ‘Current topics in transportation’. Our master students already worked intensively on a collective assignment, but last Friday, they got a quick preview of the future. Studente Dana Breuls: “A sneak peek of the autonomous future!”
Last Friday, the master students visited the Automotive Campus in Helmond, the international hotspot in the field of automotive (technology) and smart mobility. Universities, car manufacturers, software developers, governments, etc. cooperate closely to develop new automotive technologies and mobility concepts, that are immediately tested in labs and on the road. Project manager Automotive Cluster Development Daniel de Klein showed them around the site and organized an interesting programme combining presentations and on site-visits. “We’ve heard interesting thoughts and ideas about developments and changes in daily mobility”, said student Maarten Claessen.
They visited the hydrogen refuelling station, got a guided tour of the traffic control centre and even could ride along with an autonomous vehicle, that will participate in the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge. “The visit was informative, practical and related to a hot topic. This type of study trip must be organised more often as we learn a lot while observing projects in real-life”, said the master student Ahsan Iqbal.
Master student assignment
This technological development inevitably has immediate consequences for our daily reality: road infrastructure, law, ethics, impact on road safety, etc. Our master students tackled several topics concerning autonomous driving. On Friday, May 20, 2016, and Friday, May 27, 2016, they present their findings during two seminars. We'd be happy to welcome students as well as externals to (one of) the seminars.
More information about the Seminar on Autonomous Driving
More information about the Grand Cooperative Driving