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Students pedal safety ideas 

May 2016

McGee live projectProduct Design students have come up with innovative ways to make trucks safer for cyclists. 

According to latest figures by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, more than 3,500 cyclists were seriously injured or killed in road accidents in 2014. Now, a group of Product Design students are hoping to save cyclists’ lives, by making construction vehicles safer. 

They were challenged by construction company McGee to design any kind of safety system for its existing tipper trucks.  The students not only had to take into account aerodynamics, but also commercial viability and suitability for different road conditions.  

Around 45 students took part in the project, with winning team members each receiving £500.  As part of the brief, students got the chance to carry out research at McGee and present their ideas on 28 February.  The winning solutions are now being considered for commercial development.    

Course Leader Dr Matthew Watkins says: “This was an exciting opportunity for students to engage in a genuine real-life project that has potential to improve the lives of road users through innovative technological design solutions.”

Live project briefs such as this one often form a part of students’ studies, helping to develop their skills, commercial awareness and employability.  
If you have a live project you think could benefit our students and your organisation, please email details.



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