UNB students advance to national competition for smart highway pitch

A team of students from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Saint John campus are advancing to a national competition after pitching an idea for an intelligent highway. 

UNB says the business students were launched into the top 20 of the CanInfra Challenge with their proposal for the smart highway design that feeds vital road, traffic and weather data to drivers, self-driving cars, and road maintenance crews.

The students are now looking to secure a place in the top 10 through online votes. 

UNB says three of the teams will advance to the next round by capturing the most votes online, while the remaining seven will be chosen by judges. 

The top winner from the third and final round of the competition will receive $50,000 and a pitch session with senior government and private-sector leaders, while the second place winner and people's choice each receive $25,000. 

The top ten teams will receive $5,000 to further develop their proposals and travel to Toronto to pitch their ideas in May. 

Online voting kicked off on Thursday.