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Club news: Energy generating speed bump replacement wins the 1st ACP Road Safety Innovation Award


Publication date: 07 February 2017


Francisco Duarte, a 32-year-old engineer from Coimbra won the 1st edition of ACP’s Road Safety Innovation Award. He has created Venex, a 40-meter long carpet installed on the road leading up to a pedestrian crossing. The carpet slows the vehicle without driver intervention, while also generating electric power recovery. This efficiently replaces the traditional speed bump. The €10,000 prize will be invested in the development of a prototype.

The Innovation Award in Road Safety aims to distinguish the most innovative ideas in road safety, move them forward to the prototype test phase, and then promote them among private companies. The initiative was launched by Automóvel Club de Portugal in partnership with BP Portugal, the National Innovation Agency (ANI) and the Board of Deans of Portuguese Universities (CRUP).

ACP will carry on, in 2017, the second edition of the Road Safety Innovation Award, that will be open also to startup companies.



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