Heavy books and papers can be a hassle for students but also for teachers.

Two students in Bengaluru have created a vehicle that helps teachers move papers and notebooks between classrooms. The Autonomous Transport Vehicle (ATV), designed and developed by Vikram Mishra and Gaurang Bharti, students of Oakridge International School, Sarjapur, navigates on its own to select destinations and even negotiates obstacles on the way.

The idea of ATV was born last year when  students were asked during a design class to create any device that could help those within the school premises. “We thought we’d make a vehicle that would extinguish fire. But the school campus is quite big to be covered by a small ATV. Then we noticed this problem faced by teachers,” said Gaurang.

The duo took two weeks to seal the final design of the vehicle. Currently, the vehicle can bear weight of 10 kg (equal to 20 notebooks) and has even caught the attention of A S Kiran Kumar, chairman, Indian Space Research Organization. Vikram and Gaurang have also won the Honeywell Hackathon conducted by an IT company. The firm will now mentor these students for six months and help them upgrade their device.

Can’t wait to see what the duo comes up with next!