As autonomous vehicles become an increasingly competitive aspect of the automotive industry, Detroit-based General Motors and SAE International will co-sponsor the AutoDrive Challenge, the latest of the Pennsylvania-based company’s Collegiate Design Series.
General Motors will provide a Chevrolet Bolt EV to competing schools to use as the platform for their self-driving solutions. The focus will be on applying real-world applications of sensing technologies, computing platforms, software design implementation, and advanced computation methods to make the vehicle autonomous.
“AutoDrive Challenge is another way General Motors is preparing the next generation of automotive engineers,” said Ken Kelzer, GM vice president of global vehicle components and subsystems. “By partnering with SAE, we will offer a unique experience for students to work with industry professionals to tackle the next big opportunity facing vehicle technology – autonomous driving.”
The newly-established, three-year autonomous vehicle design competition will task students to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous driving passenger vehicle. The technical goal of the competition is to navigate an urban driving course in an automated driving mode by year three.
During the AutoDrive Challenge, students will focus on autonomous vehicle technologies and allow for modification and testing through all three years of competition. Students and faculty will also be invited to attend technology specific workshops throughout the competition to help with concept refinement and overall understanding. Up to 10 teams from select universities will be invited to participate in the inaugural competition. Foundational teams will be announced in 2017 and the first of three yearly competitions will take place in Spring 2018.