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"We are extremely happy to achieve such a good result among all the prestigious teams that participated in the competition," said Kristoffer Lidström, team-leader and postgraduate student at Halmstad University.
The initiative of the competition is the ever-increasing amount of road traffic which is causing problems in many places.
"There are more and more vehicles on the roads and it is often not possible to increase road capacity enough to deal with the traffic. This leads to traffic congestion and unnecessary exhaust emissions. One solution might be to arrange this kind of 'car train'. This would make traffic flow more smoothly and safely and would also reduce exhaust emissions," says Kristoffer Lidström.
The preparation for the competition has been carried out in close collaboration with the industry, especially Volvo Cars and Volvo Technology. The students and researchers from Halmstad University collaborated with two other teams from Sweden, KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) and Chalmers (Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg).
The other nine teams in the competition included teams from Germany, USA and Turkey.
"It has been very enjoyable and not like regular university courses. We have worked very much in a practical manner and it has been exciting to be involved in such edge cutting technology," says Fredrik Bergh.
As a student, he also found it rewarding to have the opportunity to work closely with researchers, with students from other universities and disciplines and with the industry.
Want to know more?
During Utexpo, Halmstad University's annual graduation exhibition on 26-28 May, you can meet the students who took part in GCDC and see the competition car.