Department of Automotive Engineering

Clemson Students win 2013 Global Connected Car Contest

Clemson University's Department of Automotive Engineering congratulates Pablo Sauras-Perez (Ph.D. student in automotive engineering) and Andrea Gil (Ph.D. student in electrical engineering) on their winning entries in the 2013 Global Connected Car Contest sponsored by Chevrolet and SAP.

Sauras-Perez's "ParkinGain" won in the parking category. This app will help drivers to find the best parking spaces based on personal preferences including walking distance. Users could also reload meters remotely.

Gil's winning entry was in the food category. Her "Ready2Pick" app would allow drivers to order fast-food or groceries from drive-through services as they continue driving down the road. The app would also show estimated wait times and notify drivers of specials or coupons.

Contest winners will travel to Palo Alto this summer to meet with experts and begin work on product prototypes.

To see Sauras-Perez and Gil talk about their concepts, visit

More detailed coverage is also available from the Clemson Newsstand and Forbes.