Varden Labs hopes their autonomous shuttles will be used at university and corporate campuses and retirement communities.
August 24, 2015
by PLANT Staff
WATERLOO, Ont. — Two Waterloo engineering students have created the first autonomous vehicle to drive on a Canadian road.
Michael Skupien and Alex Rodrigues, founders of Varden Labs, developed the autonomous shuttle during an e-co-op term, a program run through Waterloo’s Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, where students launch businesses while earning a co-operative education credit.
Skupien and Rodrigues are second-year students in Waterloo’s Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering program. Varden Labs won $35,000 at the recent Velocity Fund Finals recently and both Rodriques and Skupien are living in the Velocity Residence, a dorm for Waterloo students who are building companies.
The team members hope their technology will power fully autonomous electric shuttles that can be used on university campuses, corporate campuses and in retirement communities.
Check out the video below of the autonomous golf cart developed by Skupien and Rodrigues in action.