A Canadian first: Self-driving vehicle circles Waterloo campus

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Driving the self-driving car at the University of WaterlooTwo Waterloo engineering students have completed an Enterprise Co-op term by creating the first autonomous vehicle to drive on a Canadian road.

Michael Skupien and Alex Rodrigues, founders of Varden Labsdeveloped the autonomous shuttle during an e-co-op term, a signature program run through Waterloo’s Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre. In e-co-op, students launch businesses while earning a co-operative education credit. Both Skupien and Rodrigues are second-year students in Waterloo's Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering program.

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