Visteon Technical Centre hosts Pragyan Hackathon 2019

Visteon Technical Centre in Chennai has teamed up with National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli (NIT Trichy) to launch the Pragyan Hackathon 2019 hosting scores of college students in a 30-hour event that promoted the use of coding to solve problems related to- automotive assisted driving, smart and secure payment distribution and agritech.

The initiative attracted more than 60 student participants, who worked tirelessly in teams from January 19-20 to produce creative solutions and develop prototypes that focused on visualisation for vehicle camera systems and seamless interactions for infotainment systems. With a Rs 75,000 prize for the winner, participants were encouraged to harness their skills, knowledge and understanding of coding to implement assisted driving solutions for user interface design, infotainment systems for smart tourist mobility and other related products.

The judging panel awarded the first prize to three-man team code named WGI for their inventive assisted driving solution. The idea proposed revolved around a state-of-the-art algorithm for real-time object detection, called YOLO, identifying various traffic signals, cars and people on a real-time stream from a car.
The device was designed to warn the driver of potential obstacles that they might not have noticed yet. It also included a feature which recognizes if the driver is drowsy; sounding an alarm to regain their attention if it deems their focus behind the wheel is slipping.

Other projects that stood out across the two-day event included a web application that incentivized driver focus using computer vision; facial recognition software for smartphone usage that could help detect and prevent driver drowsiness; and a scoring system for would-be drivers to gain their license by passing a test – set and adjudicated over autonomously.

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