Winning idea for better transport

Sam Stewart (Year 10) has won the inaugural BMW yourMelbourne competition (City Living Category) for his innovative driveway sensor to alert pedestrians and traffic of reversing vehicles.

The award came with a cheque for $5,000 and the use of a brand new BMW Hybrid car for six months. 

The BMW yourMelbourne competition was open to Victorian high school students and asked for ideas on how to improve Melbourne’s transport in 2040.

Sam used his iDesign project as his entry. His idea is a sensor using flashing LED lights in the driveway that detects reversing vehicles to alert pedestrians that a car is about to drive out of the property  He built a working prototype at his house which the family has used for several months.

As Sam was on the Year 10 First Horizon program, his mother Sally and Jamie Watson, BGS iDesign Coordinator, received the award and cheque on his behalf.