Nicole Agba has been named as the winner of the sixth annual Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award.
Designed to help kick-start a career in the motor industry for budding graduates, the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award is sponsored by manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota.
Agba impressed our judging panel with her concept for a biometric steering wheel.
The result was announced at the annual Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders dinner, in front of an audience of industry representatives.
Agba outlined how her plan, dubbed 'Steer Right', employs a Smart Fabrics Interactive Textile on the steering wheel, which uses sensors to monitor the driver's heart and respiration rate. The system can be used to detect signals that can indicate fatigue, anger or nervousness.
If put into production, the concept could even be used to detect alcohol in a driver's system, immobilising the vehicle if he or she is over the limit.