Formula Student Driverless competition provides students with invaluable experience on a whole range of vehicle systems, which is highly relevant for today’s automotive careers.Benjamin Saltsman, Magna director of advanced product development for corporate engineering and R&D
“Instead of using lab equipment, the team gets automotive-grade equipment, which hopefully gives them higher scores in the Engineering Design assessment,” explained Benjamin Saltsman, Magna director of advanced product development for corporate engineering and R&D.?
?Magna also provided the team with its ICON Radar, a critical building block for self-driving cars that takes the best of military technology and improves on it for automotive use. The advanced radar, a significant step toward full autonomy, is a critical element of the competition car and may prove particularly valuable in poor weather conditions.
“High-level mentoring” is a key part of Magna’s relationship with the students, too.
“The student team is amazingly resourceful and self-sufficient,” said Saltsman, who graduated with a master of science degree in system design and management from MIT in 2002. “My mentoring style is simple: it’s important to explain things in a way that people can understand and relate to.”
?He adds: “The MIT team is doing the hard engineering work and some interesting software development. This is a recruiting tool for us, as well. We’re interested in the talent.”
Coming from a mobility technology company and one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, Saltsman is proving to be a compelling guide for the next generation of automotive engineers and designers.
He is a Magna point person for engineering students at several universities, including the University of Michigan and Cambridge University.
“Formula Student Driverless competition provides students with invaluable experience on a whole range of vehicle systems, which is highly relevant for today’s automotive careers,” Saltsman said. “It can certainly fulfill the hunger of young engineers.”