General Motors and SAE International are looking to collegiate brains to help bring about the autonomous vehicle revolution as both sign on to become headline sponsors for the “AutoDrive Challenge” collegiate competition.
The goal of the three-year-long competition is to have a vehicle navigate an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE Standard (J3016) level 4 definition by year three.
“SAE International is excited to expand our partnership with GM to build the future STEM workforce through the AutoDrive Challenge,” said Chris Ciuca Director of Pre-Professional Programs at SAE International. “Building on our success through programs like Formula SAE, the AutoDrive Challenge launches a new platform to engage industry and academia in working towards a common goal of preparing the brightest young minds for the future of autonomous technologies.”
General Motors will provide each team a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV to begin modifying and adapt real-world technologies for the competition. Students are encouraged to look to computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence, sensor fusion and autonomous vehicle controls to help advance autonomy.
Ten teams will be selected to participate in the inaugural year and will be announced in April of 2017. The first year of the competition will officially begin in 2018.