NRMA Future of Transport Challenge 2018 - Finals

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Four finalists pitched their ideas live in front of a panel of transport industry experts comprising of NRMA CEO Rohan Lund, Sue Wiblin (New Mobilities Manager, Keolis Downer) and Michael Apps (Executive Director, Bus Industry Confederation Australia) who questioned them on their research and the effectiveness of their product.


Name of Product or Service


Abbotsleigh College



All Saints Greek Orthodox Grammar School

Wake me app

9 & 10

Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt

Mobile Train Attachment


Waverley College



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MTA (Mobile Train Attachment)

About the winning pitch Mobile Train Attachment from Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt

MTA (Mobile Train Attachment) is series of pods that can attach and detach from a ‘train’ of pods enabling people to enjoy private travel while at the same time being part of an environmentally sustainable mass transport solution.

The students envisaged each individual pod as an electric powered driverless vehicle that could decouple from the train to take passengers to and from their home and then return to the train to conserve energy. Each number of pods could be scaled up or down depending on the time of day and number of passengers making it more environmentally sustainable.

Group CEO, the NRMA
Group CEO, the NRMA

About 2017 Finalists

Last year’s finalists delivered four excellent pitches with Moriah War Memorial College voted by the students as the winner.



Masada College


FINN (Fatigue Identification And Notification Network) – a personal digital solution to reduce death and injury on the road arising from fatigue.

Moriah War Memorial College

Passenger – an on demand electric Autonomous Vehicle (AV) car share program.

St Andrew’s Cathedral School

Canopy – redesigning city centres to suit the people who live and work in them, not to suit the cars that we drive.

Waverly College


Ride for Rewards  a reward program for bike riders to reduce traffic around schools and increase active transport and exercise.

Feedback from the teacher of the 2017 winning team - Moriah College

In a changing world, it is critical to equip learners with collaborative and creative problem-solving skills. The NRMA Future Transport Challenge is an excellent platform for Youth to explore and grow these critical skills. During the project, I created a learning ecosystem where students could develop authentic resilience in the design process, learn methods of cooperative innovation, and dare to be experimental.

The winning team’s project, Passenger, is a true demonstration of how a group of Year 10 students applied these skills and solved a real-world problem. Each student contributed uniquely, and together, the team produced a sustainable, mathematically efficient, and original solution for Australia’s future transport system.