SAE International and General Motors Announce Winners of Year One of the AutoDrive Challenge Competition

SAE International and General Motors Announce Winners of Year One of the AutoDrive Challenge Competition

SAE International and General Motors announce winners of the first competition of the AutoDrive Challenge™, held April 30-May 5 in Yuma, Ariz.

The top three overall finishers for Year One of the competition were:
 
  1. University of Toronto
  2. Texas A&M University
  3. Virginia Tech

Rounding out the field were, in order, University of Waterloo, Kettering University, North Carolina A & T State University, Michigan State University and Michigan Tech University.
SAE International and General Motors have partnered to headline sponsor the event, which is the latest of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series.

This three-year autonomous vehicle competition tasks students to develop and demonstrate a full autonomous driving passenger vehicle. The technical goal of the competition is to navigate an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE Standard (J3016) level 4 definition by year three.

The top three winners in each category were:

Social Responsibility Report
  1. University of Toronto
  2. Kettering University
  3. Virginia Tech
Social Responsibility Event
  1. University of Waterloo
  2. University of Toronto
  3. Virginia Tech
Concept Design Report
  1. University of Toronto
  2. University of Waterloo
  3. Kettering University
Concept Design Event
  1. University of Toronto
  2. Michigan Tech University
  3. Kettering University
Technical Reports
  1. University of Toronto
  2. Kettering University
  3. University of Waterloo
 
Mapping Challenge
  1. University of Toronto
  2. University of Waterloo
  3. Virginia Tech
     
Straight Line Challenge
  1. Texas A&M University
  2. University of Toronto
  3. North Carolina A&T State University
     
Lateral Challenge
  1. Virginia Tech
  2. Kettering University
  3. University of Toronto
     
Object Detection & Avoidance Challenge
  1. Texas A&M University
  2. University of Toronto
  3. Virginia Tech
     
Throughout the AutoDrive Challenge competition cycle, students and faculty will be invited to attend technology specific workshops to help them in their concept refinement and overall autonomous technical understanding. The competition consists of 8 teams from select universities that were invited to participate in the inaugural competition.

GM provided each team with a Chevrolet Bolt EV as the vehicle platform. Strategic partners and supplied students in their technology development by providing integration pieces and software. Throughout the AutoDrive Challenge competition cycle, students and faculty will be invited to attend technology-specific workshops to help them in their concept refinement and overall autonomous technical understanding.

Year one, which began in fall of 2017, focused on concept selection for university teams by having them become familiar with sensing and computation software. They were tasked with completion of a concept design written paper as well as simple missions for on-site evaluation. These simple missions included a stop line challenge, a lane detection challenge and an object avoidance and detection challenge.

In Year 2, the teams will refine their concept selections into solid system developments and will have more challenging dynamic events for testing on-site, including dynamic object detection and multiple lane changing.
Year 3 will culminate with final validation of design and concept refinement. They will navigate complex objectives of on-site testing, including higher speeds, turnabouts and moving object detection.

About SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 127,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. www.sae.org

About General Motors
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

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