Francisco Duarte, MIT Portugal PhD Candidate, was interviewed by 90 Segundos de Ciência, a Antena 1 Radio Program focused on promoting Portuguese researchers and their work.
The MPP Transportation Systems candidate and researcher at the University of Coimbra spoke about his project Pavnext, a speed reduction system that induces the deceleration of vehicles without causing damage, noise or any discomfort to the passengers. The equipment acts as in a similar fashion to a carpet that when placed on the floor actively reduces the speed of the vehicles by extracting kinetic energy, with a minimal impact on the automobile. Contrary to existing systems, this one absorbs the vehicles’ energy and makes it slow down safely, without any action of the driver and even without being perceptible since it causes no discomfort.
This is the third prize won by Pavnext since December 2016 when he was honored with the first prize at the Road Safety Innovation Award by ACP. Since then he already won the Coimbra semifinal and Final of the Big Smart Cities Competition and was selected to represent Portugal at the European Final of the ClimateLaunchpad competition in October.