A real-world solution to accessible train travel wins The Future of Transport Challenge 2021

 

The NRMA Future of Transport Challenge 2021 for years 7-10 in 2020 is now open.

We encourage teachers to register so we can keep you up to date as your students work on the Challenge.

The Challenge is offered free of charge to schools and is mapped to the curriculum.

About the 2020 winning team

Students from Year 10 at Bethlehem College, Ashfield won the NRMA Future of Transport Challenge 2020 with the Transport 2 U App, a user-friendly app designed for people with disabilities to allow for convenient, real-time booking of accessible transport services on the Leppington line.

The winning team were selected by judges Nell Payne, Chief of Operating Investments at the NRMA, Dan Maranhao, General Manager of Motoring Operations & Services at the NRMA and Anthony Pantilas, Operations Analyst at Scentre Group who are the owners and operators of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand.

While all four finalists impressed the judges with their new ways of thinking about transport, Bethlehem College stood out for the extensibility of their app and the ability to launch it to a large number of people very quickly, using existing transport.

As part of their prize, the winning team had the opportunity to present their pitch to Stephanie Salter, Director of the Digital Transport Accelerator at Transport for NSW, who works with developing start-ups. The students were commended for their practical transport solution and encouraged to develop their idea further to one day see it come to life in the real world!

Future of Transport 2020 winners

The other finalists were:

• Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill (Year 9) with KOLO Transport – a fully enclosed, overhead bicycle track allowing the community of North-western Sydney to use bicycles to get better access to existing public transport and ease traffic congestion in the growing area.

• Holy Cross College, Ryde (Year 10) with PTG (Post-Covid Transport Gear) – vending machines at busy Sydney train stations stocked with innovative products to keep commuters safe from germs on public transport, including personal magnetic handles and personal suction-powered handles to avoid contact with high-use surfaces.

• Katoomba High School (Year 8) with DASH (Driver Automated Service and Helicarrier) – a visionary solution to congestion in the CBD with an interconnected network of driverless pods using GPS for navigation and powered by lithium batteries, for environmentally sustainable road and aerial inter-city travel.

The Future of Transport Competition finals are presented as part of the Youth Eco Summit (YES) for secondary schools, Sydney Olympic Park. In 2020 this event was hosted virtually. See it in action below:

 

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