UPM’s Team Salvus wins 2021 Shell Varsity Challenge

UPM’s Team Salvus wins 2021 Shell Varsity Challenge

Shell Malaysia has announced that Team Salvus from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has been crowned national champions of this year’s #ShellSelamatSampai Varsity Challenge. The annual inter-varsity challenge, which was introduced in 2017, is aimed at empowering tertiary education students help find solutions in mitigating road safety issues.

The winning team, made up of Nurul Faqihah Hambali, Kiang Fei Yi, Siti Aishah Husna, Mas Athirah Mohd Hisban and Nurul Syamilah Azman, took the gong with their project called ‘Anti-Drunk and Sleep Detector (ADS)’. The project saw the creation of a device that identifies alcohol-impaired drivers or drivers who are dozing off at the wheel by detecting the alcohol and oxygen levels of a driver to indicate if he/she is in the right condition to drive.

“First of all, we want to thank Shell Malaysia for introducing the NXplorers initiative, which exposed us to new thinking tools and problem-solving methodologies, that played an important role in the implementation of our project. Our dream is to see our invention being used by Malaysians towards creating a safer journey for everyone on the road. Like our name “Salvus,” which means safe, we hope that with the technology available, we can all come together to achieve zero road accidents,” said the members of the team.

UPM’s Team Salvus wins 2021 Shell Varsity Challenge

Team Salvus was one of the five finalists in this year’s event, competing against students from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. Prior to the final round, UPM had six teams in the Top 20 round of the competition.

At the Top 20 stage, Shell provided each team with RM1,000 to transform their ideas into working prototypes within eight weeks, following which the work was presented in the form of a formal report and a video summary. A panel of judges then selected the top five teams for the final round.

“Road safety is a concern in Malaysia and many other countries in the world. The World Health Organization records approximately 1.3 million fatalities each year due to road traffic crashes. At Shell, we are seeking to reduce road accidents in the country by empowering our youth to use technology to design innovative interventions to prevent road related accidents,” shared Ivan Tan, chairman of Shell Malaysia.

Since it began, the Shell Varsity Challenge has gained participation from universities throughout Malaysia and has introduced many innovative project prototypes aimed at helping improve road safety conditions.

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  • Rakyat Malaysia on Jan 28, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Kesian. Later some will complain this is an infringement onto their citizen rights as certain segments of rakyat that should be allowed to freely drink alcoholic beverages.

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    • Sick & Tired on Jan 28, 2022 at 7:22 pm

      Yes, please continue saturating your body with sugar, cholesterol, caffeine & nicotine.

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      • Spin Too Much on Jan 30, 2022 at 11:48 pm

        Saturating body with sugar, cholesterol, caffeine & nicotine is a Satu Malaysia thing but that is not fatal to others but their ownselves. Bingeing on intoxication beverages can harm others. That is a big difference.

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        • Safety First on Jan 31, 2022 at 5:20 pm

          Harm to themselves but not to others? Wait until someone collapses at the wheel while driving due to a coronary, and crashes into other road users.

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    • Rakyat Malaysia? on Jan 28, 2022 at 8:29 pm

      What lar…..the story is about driving while drunk.
      Nothing to do with that segment is allowed to drink or not. Typical hoo haa Malaysian, creating hype on nothing.

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      • Make Malaysia Great Again on Jan 29, 2022 at 5:51 pm

        Thanks to internet even minority has bigger voice than majority. 60 years of stability down the drain.

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        • Angry Voters on Jan 30, 2022 at 8:29 pm

          Thanks to the Internet, everyone has a chance to read comments like yours, and then later just forget about it.

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          • Whatever on the internet stays on the internet.
            The internet never forgets.

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          • Wiki bro, even if the internet never forgets, people can. People can also delete from the internet, bro.

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  • komarad on Jan 28, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    no wonder UPM churned out so many PHDs

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  • They’ll save more lives by inventing an anti langgar merah for delivery riders. Alcohol form just a tiny fraction of accidents in Malaysia.

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  • This is great news. Congratulations!

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  • the driver on Jan 28, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    well done but this not really a groundbreaking innovative idea as various car manufacturers have been toying with this idea for quite some time.
    Not intending to steal their thunder but an algorithm to predict and detect errant driving behaviour without the use of detectors would be better as drivers can cheat.

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  • Congratulations!

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