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The Trane Co. collaborated with the Project Lead the Way-Digital Electronics class on an autonomous vehicle. It was designed and fabricated in the school’s Technology and Engineering Department. It can be controlled from a remote transmitter and navigate to a destination using a LiveView system with a wireless link to a GoPro camera mounted on the vehicle. The AV has a GPS system with software that allows the vehicle to be controlled by a computer or Android-based phone.

Financial support for materials was provided through a $1,700 grant from the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, underwritten by the Judy and Randy Eddy Sr. Fund.

Trane helped define the parameters of the project, organized a tour of its plant to educate students about manufacturing processes, and about how an autonomous vehicle could be utilized in industry. Trane also provided some of the steel used in the vehicle fabrication.

“Trane is committed to enriching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through educational programs and campaigns, employee volunteerism and other initiatives,” said Trane Plant Manager Bob Ellis. “It’s been exciting to work with the students at Logan High School on this innovative project.”

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