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Universiti Teknologi MARA wins Perodua Eco Challenge 2017 with ‘Techno-Seat’

Unversiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) took the overall Perodua Eco Challenge 2017 title edging out nine other higher-learning institutions namely Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) – in the process.

The winning entry from the UiTM students was an ingenious ‘Techno-Seat’ prototype which features a hidden storage compartment built into the back of the front passenger seat, with a hinged latch. The compartment features LED illumination upon opening, a USB charging port and a storage pocket. The compartment is also flush with the seat back.

Besides the overall category, there were also parts development and product marketing categories – both categories were also won byUniversitiTeknologi MARA (UiTM).

“This is indeed a testament to the ingenuity of the local students, as they have managed, with a budget of under RM15,000, to produce something quite interesting in terms of function and design,” said Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh.
Datuk(Dr) Aminar also said that their design will be considered for study with a local vendor to be included in Perodua’s future models.

“We hope to see this design implemented either in our current model line-up through running changes or new models in the years to come,” he added.

The 10 entries were evaluated based on the depth of their initial project proposal, overall project progress, their final presentation today and of course their working prototype by a panel of judges. A sketch design competition held earlier in January also contributed to the final mark.

Perodua Eco Challenge 2017 Winners List

Category Prize Institution Component
Overall 1st – RM20,000 UniversitiTeknologi MARA (UiTM) Techno-seat
2nd – RM12,000 UniversitiTeknologi Petronas (UTP) Cooling interior vehicle system
3rd – RM8,000 PoliteknikUngku Omar (PUO) Perodua Ultimate Organiser
Parts Development 1st – RM10,000 UniversitiTeknologi MARA (UiTM) Techno-seat
2nd – RM8,000 Universiti Malaya (UM) Smart Fan
3rd – RM6,000 PoliteknikUngku Omar (PUO) Perodua Ultimate Organiser
Product Marketing 1st – RM7,000 UniversitiTeknologi MARA (UiTM) Techno-seat
2nd – RM5,000 UniversitiTeknologi Petronas (UTP) Cooling interior vehicle system
3rd – RM3,000 Universiti Malaya (UM) Smart Fan
Design Sketch Competition 1st – RM2,000 UniversitiTeknologi Petronas (UTP) Eco Car design sketch – winners were previously announced in June
2nd – RM1,500 UniversitiTeknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
3rd – RM1,000 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)