For busy student Rowan Yap, washing his car has always rated lowly on the priority list.

Which is why the budding electrical engineer thought it would be a “cool idea” to create a robot car cleaner.

Rowan’s invention is a compact device that sits on the outside of a car or truck and automatically moves around to clean the vehicle, no human effort required.

The device also generates its own power to charge the battery.

While the robotic innovation is just a prototype for now, Rowan anticipated his device would provide a welcome convenience in a busy modern society.

 “I never wash my car,” Rowan said.

The robot car cleaner was developed, manufactured, tested and refined over a 12-month period and marks Rowen’s completion of the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree program.

The device will be among other final-year student projects on display when the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science holds its demonstration day on Tuesday, November 20.

The projects cover a diverse range of topics and demonstrate the skills and knowledge learnt in the four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree.

Electrical engineering is the science of power generation and distribution, signal processing, and analogue and digital electronics. It is an extremely diverse field, taking in electronics, computer systems, telecommunications, bioengineering, control, robotics and electrical power engineering.

“It will be great to show the result of all our hard work,” Rowan said.

“At the start of my degree I thought it would be impossible to make something like this.”

Find out more about studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle here.  

 The exhibit will be open to the public, staff, students and industry members from 1pm to 4pm on Tuesday in the Electrical Engineering laboratories, building EE, Callaghan Campus.