Audi will host its first ever Driving Cup later this year, which will pit ten student teams against one another in a battle for engineering supremacy. The automaker will provide each of the teams with a 1:8 scale Audi Q5 model equipped with autonomous driving software which they will have to develop themselves.
The competition, which is primarily intended for students in computer science and electrical or mechanical engineering, will take place at the Audi Museum Mobile on March 25 and 26. The students’ cars will have to deal with “oncoming and intersecting traffic, tricky parking situations and obstacles that suddenly appear,” Audi says, which will put the programming work in their models to the test.
The software given to the students for the competition is identical to the one used to test driver assistance systems for actual cars. Some of the obstacles students will have to overcome while developing the software will be the same as those that Audi’s engineers may encounter. To win, their cars will have to complete the course in the least amount of time with as few errors as possible. Points will be deducted for accidents, lost time and imprecise execution.
“The measurement sensors in the models have to work just as precisely as those in their big brothers. We are excited to see the innovative solutions the students come up with,” said event organizer Bjorn Giesler.