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Students from Montreal design an automated car utilizing wind energy

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A new group of students from Montreal in their project of creating cars will be operated and driven entirely by utilizing wind energy. The car model was recently tested out in Montreal’s streets with achievements received as the car smoothly drove across without any friction despite being solely driven by the wind.

Named after a harsh wind by native tribes that swept across Canada, these cars are called Chinooks, like that of the sweeping wind, whose speed stands out as an analogous power to run these powerful energy-driven automated cars

Made up of tube-like chassis, the car has a windmill that helps convert the wind energy to mechanical energy and locomote it. The series of Lenovo computers provide further additional support. Speaking on its innovative mechanisms, one of the Chinook engineers, also a student from Montreal, has commented, 

“It’s really like a bicycle, the windmill is like the pedals.”

In fact, this Chinook’s earlier creations have been a part of a competition held annually in the Netherlands called Racing Aeolus, whose goal has been to ‘achieve the greatest possible efficiency in terms of average speed ratio concerning wind speed.’ In 2019, it became the first ranker among other competing categories.

This is not all to it, for it also holds a world record of 114.87-percent efficiency, outreaching an earlier record of 102.

But the young imaginers have not given up yet. They are putting further effort into incorporating further innovative, beautiful, and sustainable technological input. They are also trying to induce improved technology to erase as much carbon -footprint as possible. 

These vehicles, born out of the Lenovo Think Pads, are the conductor of any data-heavy project, featuring durable battery, ample storage, and easy docking facilities. Additionally, they are also useful for’ running 3D CAD design, SOLIDWORKS, and Alchemy programming languages.’

Coming to the question of commercial uses, Picard says that this car won’t be available for the usual and basic performative act as the wind entirely drives them.

Yet these cars stand out as a memoir of harnessing the future of a better world with a safer environment by solely utilizing the wind’s power and marking it as the ‘high hopes of technology’ that will be the trendsetter of a better tomorrow.


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