University of the Philippines wins Shell Eco-Marathon regionals, vies in global finals

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The UP College of Engineering-based Alamat UP Team CERO vies for votes in the global finals. Image from Alamat UP Facebook.

The University of the Philippines’ Team Alamat UP has won the Shell Eco-Marathon Tracking and Reducing CO2 Emissions Challenge regional competition and is now vying for votes in the global finals.

The UP College of Engineering-based Alamat UP Team CO2 Emission Reduction Operation (CERO) was selected as the top submission among 48 Asia/Middle East entries in the Pitching event held on November 13, 2020, sending the group to the global competition against the winners from the Americas and Europe.

The university-wide team of engineering, business, and accounting students from the University of the Philippines is representing Asia/Middle East against Canada’s University of Alberta EcoCar (Americas) and Turkey’s Alected (Europe) for the best idea in curbing CO2 emissions from vehicles in the ongoing global finals that requires public votes.

Alamat UP’s Team CERO project intends to track and reduce the CO2 emissions of passenger vehicles with a mobile app that leverages Microsoft Azure’s Machine Learning capabilities.

The CERO platform for users can monitor fuel consumption and reduce it by implementing eco-driving best practices.

Among its features, the CERO app includes:

  • Real-time eco-driving notifications
  • Optimal route mapping capabilities
  • After-trip analysis
  • Fuel consumption wallet for budgeting

The winning team states that the uniqueness of its solution against similar products lies in that it only requires smartphone sensors and machine learning to operate effectively. The app can measure links between driving behavior and fuel consumption without the need for additional, costly sensors, as required by many competitor products.

Team CERO states that with Microsoft Azure’s Machine Learning services, the accuracy of CERO could be near that of these telematic applications, while the lack of reliance on external sensors makes CERO more suited for a range of vehicles.

The team has also added an incentive feature, encouraging drivers to practice eco-driving through the app by showing fuel savings, coupons, and promos that are available from partner organizations or sponsors.

“We hope that through CERO, we can further prove that Filipinos have the potential to not only improve the lives of our countrymen, but that of people around the world as well. Your Alamat UP family is proud of you!” posted Alamat UP social media.

You can VOTE for the Philippines to win the Tracking and Reducing CO2 Emissions Challenge until 23:59 GMT on Sunday (8 am Philippine Time), November 22, 2020, in this link.

UP has also developed the ENDCOV.PH tracker for COVID-19 and the UP-NOAH to assist in disaster management planning.

VOTE AND SEND WELL WISHES in the comments below to the University of the Philippines Alamat UP Team CERO for winning the Shell Eco-Marathon regionals and representing Asia/Middle East in the global finals.

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