On August 17th, the Driven to Protect team presented to the Future Leaders in Mobility at the Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) Headquarters in Herndon, VA.The Future Leaders in Mobility Program is a weeklong camp for rising high school juniors and seniors from underserved communities in the DMV area, created by VWGoA and the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL), focused on teaching students about the range of STEM career opportunities in the automotive industry.
The team hosted the students, chaperons, and VWGoA executives outside of the VWGoA headquarters on the Learning Experience Trailer. The team presented information on alcohol and driving risks, the historical background and technical facts about the DADSS technologies, and the work the Driven to Protect team is doing in Virginia to advance the technologies. The team also focused on the specific careers the students could pursue to be involved in developing similar technology.
The students asked very insightful questions about the program, with many expressing their interest in pursuing an engineering career. Both the students and the chaperons were enthusiastic about the technology and program and commented on how the DADSS technologies would be helpful in preventing DUIs. In addition to the Learning Experience Trailer, the Driven to Protect team displayed the demo vehicles to give students the opportunity to check out the latest DADSS technology sensors.
At the end of the presentation, nearly all of the students said they would want the technology in their car and wanted to know when it would be available to the public. We had a wonderful time interacting with the students and were excited by their interest in the Driven to Protect initiative and the lifesaving DADSS technology.
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