Eight Universities have been selected to take part in the AutoDrive Challenge in Yuma, Arizona. The challenge is sponsored by the Society of the Automotive Engineering and General Motors. Registered teams included in the challenge are Kettering University, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech University, North Carolina A&T State University, Texas A&M University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and Virginia Tech. The first of three yearly competitions will take place starting Spring 2018.
Each team that takes part in the challenge will be given an electric vehicle. The teams will then be expected to use the vehicle as a platform in order to develop a passenger vehicle that is completely autonomous. After they have designed the vehicle the teams will then have to take their cars on an urban driving course in order to test the effectiveness of the vehicle while it is in autonomous mode.
The teams will include members from mechanical, electrical, computer, civil and environmental engineering sectors as well as computer science departments.
The AutoDrive Challenge offers the opportunity to allow students to work as part of a team that has a variety of different disciplines in order to reach a specific goal. It is thought that the students that take part in this project will gain experience similar to what they will be faced with after graduation. The intention is to connect the university courses with the AutoDrive challenge in order to allow the students chances to develop skills that may not be covered by typical engineering courses.
Everyone at EHD Tech wishes each team good luck.