About PSU AVT

Our team’s missionĀ is to facilitate an unparalleled learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students across a variety of academic disciplines by reengineering vehicles to lower fuel consumption while maintaining consumer demand.

Since 1988, the Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team has participated in the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions series, striving to build a fuel-efficient vehicle while maintaining consumer acceptability, performance, and safety.

The Penn State Advanced Vehicle Team is managed almost entirely by elected student leaders who collectively oversee approximately sixty members, primarily consisting of undergraduate students enrolled in the associated engineering senior design course or student volunteers. The team is comprised of a variety of students pursuing various academic disciplines across multiple fields of engineering, business, and communications. Each team member is segmented into sub-departments, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Controls and Simulation, Electrical, Mechanical Chassis, Mechanical Powertrain, Safety, Project Management, and Communications.

The ADAS team uses sensing techniques such as Radar, Lidar and camera imaging to create an advanced vehicle collision detection system with the hope of progressing towards an autonomous vehicle. The Controls team monitors the status of all the electronic and computer systems in the vehicle. The Electrical team is in charge of the entirety of the physical wiring and other electrical components on the vehicle. The Mechanical Chassis team is tasked with light-weighting and improving vehicle handling. The Mechanical Powertrain team is responsible for integrating the electric motor with the engine in a custom drivetrain system.