Visionary student idea wins NRMA Future of transport challenge 2018

Students from Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt won the NRMA Future of transport challenge 2018 earning praise of the NRMA Group CEO Rohan Lund for their big picture thinking.

The winning students pitched MTA (Mobile Train Attachment), a series of pods that attach and detach from a ‘train’ of pods enabling people to enjoy private travel within the pod while at the same time being part of an environmentally sustainable mass transport solution.

The students envisaged each individual pod as an electric powered driverless vehicle in its own right. The pods could leave the ‘train’ and take the passengers to and from their own home and then return to the train minimising energy usage. Each train could be scaled up or down depending on the time of day and number of passengers making it more efficient and environmentally sustainable.

NRMA is leading the way in helping young people prepare for the jobs of the future. The NRMA Future of Transport Challenge is a real world learning at its best with students working for 12 weeks researching the transport issues faced by the modern world before applying design thinking to come up with an idea that delivers environmental, social and financial benefits.

Four finalists pitched their ideas live in front of a panel of transport industry experts comprising of NRMA CEO Rohan Lund, Sue Wiblin (New Mobilities Manager, Keolis Downer) and Michael Apps (Executive Director, Bus Industry Confederation Australia) who questioned them on their research and the effectiveness of their product.

The Challenge winner was selected by the students attending the Youth Eco Summit- Secondary, an event that NRMA is proud to partner with Sydney Olympic Park to deliver.

Congratulations to the other finalists who delivered fantastic well-researched pitches.

  • Abbotsleigh College for Flow - a solution to CBD congestion in Sydney
  • Waverley College for Carlaborate - a carpooling app for schools to use to reduce traffic around schools and to reduce single person car trips
  • All Saints Greek Orthodox Grammar School for Wake me - an app aimed at alerting drivers to prevent fatigue.

The winning team will visit Keolis Downer, Australia’s largest private provider of multi-modal public transport to learn more about the new transport technologies that are implementing in Australia.

The NRMA Future of Transport Challenge 2019 for Years 7-10 will run in Term 1 & 2 with the finals in mid-August. It is offered free of charge to schools and is mapped to the curriculum.

Learn more about the NRMA Future of Transport Challenge in 2017.

Register for the Challenge in 2019

The Future of Transport Challenge opens on Monday 4 February allowing schools two terms to complete the Challenge.