News | 30.05.2023

Where green meets speed!

Exciting solutions for the ServiceXpert task at HARD & SOFT 2023.

From 14 to 21 May 2023, the 28th International Computer Contest for students of computer hardware and software development was held at the University Stefan cel Mare in Suceava, Romania. ServiceXpert once again provided the jury president defined this year's task: Where green meets speed - develop an WiFi remote controlled low power electric vehicle supplied by green energy based on solar and fuel cell kit and Renesas DA16200MOD-DEVKT development kit.


Final assessment was done in a race tournament consisting of 3 races focused on maneuverability, endurance and speed and a final which combines all 3 categories. Hacking of WiFi communication of competitor teams was allowed during the races. First place went to Team ETC from Politehnica University of Timisoara. Second place went to Team Technical University Iaşi, followed by Team 1 of Politehnica University of Bucharest.


All teams were able to start in the final race, with hacking the other vehicles being the biggest challenge for most teams.  The winning team impose with their targeted hacking skills and excellent energy management in their design. Some teams managed to impress the jury with their clean energy solution, even if the speed of the car was not the best. One team even managed to install a fuel cell in the car and charge the vehicle while driving through various technologies, including WiFi energy harvesting. The jury was particularly overwhelmed by the team from the Odessa National Polytechnic University, which impressed with its indomitable spirit and was the only team with three instead of four members that did not give up despite all the difficulties. Congratulations again to all the participants who did a great and creative job!


Romanian television broadcast a report on the Hard & Soft Contest:

Hard & Soft 2023 - YouTube


ServiceXpert offers a well-founded range of services in the development of electrics/electronics and IT systems as well as many years of domain know-how. The international team of engineers also distinguishes the company, for which one thing is very important: teamwork!


ServiceXpert, a company of the Cognizant Mobility Group, employs over 85 staff in Hamburg and Munich. ServiceXpert is a Europe-wide operating system and software house with a focused service portfolio for Lifecycle management of EE information for leading manufacturers of commercial vehicle and their supplier industry.