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20 November 2014

Semi-Autonomous Motorcar wins 2014 Intelligent Systems Innovation Award

Altran joined leading names in UK innovation and engineering at a high-profile ceremony in London last night to celebrate the winners of the 2014 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Innovation Awards. For the fourth consecutive year, Altran sponsored the Intelligent Systems award. This category recognises technologies that meet commercial needs in automating the execution of complex tasks, deriving new value from connectivity and assuring the safe, secure and dependable operation of systems and enterprises.

The 2014 Intelligent Systems award was presented to the SAM (Semi-Autonomous Motorcar) Project delivered by Arrow Electronics, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., the Air Force Research Library, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Falci Adaptive Motorsports. SAM is a highly innovative project through which a 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray car has been modified with integrated advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface, allowing it to be driven by a qualified quadriplegic driver under racetrack conditions.

The award was presented to the winning team by John Terrington, UK Divisional Director of Intelligent Systems / Altran, who also chaired the judging panel for the award that included senior figures from Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, Schneider Electric and the University of Kent. 

Commenting on the award, John Terrington stated, “As a global leader in innovation, Altran is delighted to be an active supporter of the IET Innovation Awards. We are proud to sponsor the Intelligent Systems category as this is a key focus for Altran, not just here in the UK but also around the world. The quality of entries in this category gets more impressive with each passing year and our 2014 winner is particularly noteworthy. We offer our sincere congratulations to the SAM project team for an outstanding piece of work, and indeed to the other entries that were shortlisted.”

The other entries shortlisted for the Intelligent Systems award included an artificial pancreas device, a cross-border arrival management system and a medical robot. Previous winners of this award have included the OrganOx metraTM, an automated normothermic liver perfusion device for improved organ preservation, and TrackSafe, an intelligent system designed to improve safety and productivity for railway track workers.

About Altran

Altran is a leading global provider of high-tech engineering services. For over 30 years, we have been defined by our passion for innovation.

As a trusted partner of organisations throughout the rail, automotive, aerospace, defence, energy and telecoms sectors, we enable our clients to work smarter in developing, deploying and maintaining leading-edge systems and products.

Altran is an Official Engineering Partner of the ground-breaking Solar Impulse project and a Technical Partner of Lotus F1 Team.

In the UK, we have offices in Bath, Bristol, Derby, London, Slough and Warwick. Additionally, a significant number of our engineering consultants and project teams are located at our clients' sites. Globally, Altran has more than 24,000 'Innovation Makers' in more than 20 countries, and 500 major clients.