California Teens Develop Sleek Eco-Dashboard Design

In the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize “Dash” Contest, a three-member team from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, has beaten out two other semifinalist high-school groups–not to mention 10,000 other contestants–to win the right to pitch their new eco-dashboard design to top Detroit automotive execs in July.

It’s a design the displays–literally–some foreward thinking. According the Edmunds Green Car Advisor, the Dos Pueblos’ EDV (“el diseno verde” or “the green design”) Technologies team will be proposing an energy-conserving, organic light-emitting diode dashboard that makes use of wireless technology to allow drivers to communicate with one other concerning traffic conditions or bad roads; it also includes a “point system” for those who employ a “lighter touch” (presumably with regard to both the earth and traffic safety) so drivers can compete with friends for bragging rights and eco-cred.


image via Green Car Advisor

The EDV Technologies team includes students Jake Moghtader, Nikhil Shinday and Kelvin Noronha as well as their mentor, Kevin Schantz. They beat out semifinalists Harker School of San Jose, CA, and the Henry Ford Academy of Dearborn, MI, but all three teams will split the $10,000 prize money donated by Progressive Insurance and Cisco Systems Incorporated. View the top designs in the contest at the Fuel Our Future Now website.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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