Valeo Group | 14 Sep, 2017 | 5 min
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2017 Valeo Innovation Challenge: seven teams to compete in the grand final

Paris, September 14, 2017Valeo has just revealed the seven teams selected to take part in the grand final of its fourth annual global competition, the Valeo Innovation Challenge.

The seven finalist teams, hailing from six countries on three different continents, will be invited to present their finalized projects to a grand jury in Paris on October 26. Headed by Valeo’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jacques Aschenbroich, the jury is made up of members of the Group’s Management team as well as eminent scientists and business leaders. The winners will be announced on October 27.

The finalist teams will be competing to win a grand prize of 100,000 euros or a second-place prize of 10,000 euros, in one of the following categories: “technological innovation” and “idea for new ways of using cars”. In addition, the winning team in the “technological innovation” category will, for the first time ever, be given the opportunity to join a Valeo-partnered start-up accelerator to develop their project.

The seven finalist teams of the fourth Valeo Innovation challenge are:

In the “technological innovation” category

  • The team from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (Mexico), with a project to recover braking energy
  • The team from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), with a vehicle-to-vehicle energy transfer project
  • The team from the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), with a project to detect icy and wet road surfaces

In the “idea for new ways of using cars” category

  • The team from the University of Granada (Spain), with a project to measure vehicle emissions and cabin air quality in real time
  • The team from Roorkee Institute of Technology (India), with a smart speed control project to optimize travel time and safety while easing congestion
  • The team from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts (Poland), with a project to build capsules to serve as both transportation and housing
  • The EDHEC Business School (France), with a project for an application that will quickly and easily find the most economical parking solution

Enthusiasm for the Valeo Innovation Challenge is stronger than ever in the contest’s fourth year, with participation at a record high. Nearly 5,000 students from around the world and 1,628 teams from 80 countries and 748 universities and schools have signed up to compete. The Valeo Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for students worldwide to play an active role in automotive innovation by imagining the technologies and user practices that will shape the car of tomorrow.

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