Toyota sets students autonomous logistic vehicle challenge

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Toyota has launched the Toyota Logistic Engineering Challenge 2018, which tasks engineering students to design solutions for an autonomous logistic vehicle, with cash prizes to be awarded to the top three solutions.

Participants from all over the world have competed in the annual Toyota Logistic Design Competition but, with the event now in its third year, the company has set Swedish engineering students and recent graduates a new challenge – turning last year’s winning design into a reality.

The Flock is an autonomous logistic vehicle created with workflow optimization, eco-efficiency and value in mind; the design challenges how fully automated solutions can work together autonomously in a way that human-driven forklifts cannot.

The competition opens this week and submissions must be entered by November 20, 2017, with the top three entries awarded €5000 (US$5,586), €3000 (US$3,351), and €1500 (US$1,675) respectively.

A Toyota spokesperson said, “We’re looking for engineers to bring fresh ideas to the table in terms of navigation and positioning, component assembly and function, lift mechanisms, energy supply, and networking of the Flock.

“We invite you to join the logistic revolution by submitting forward-thinking engineering solutions. Your ideas will bridge the gap between concept and implementation.”

Authors of the top three entries will be invited to an awards ceremony, which will take place at the CeMAT 2018 trade show in Hanover, Germany, next April. All winners will also have the opportunity to apply for a paid internship at Toyota Material Handling Manufacturing Sweden, R&D Center.

June 23, 2017

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