Formula Student Driverless
Shortly after the beginning of the Formula Student in the early 90 it was clear that formula student vehicles are more than just soap boxes. The materials and technology´s used are one step ahead of the current technology used in industrial applications.
The automotive industry shows interest in Formula Student, because highly educated and trained employees are at the heart of every product. To meet actual developments, Formula Student is changing. In 2010 the Formula Student Electric was founded to engage with the topic of electromobility.
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In a timeframe of just one year a team of 50-60 students develop and build a complete Racecar. A task which is done by a much larger number of fulltime employees in professional racing stables. This points out what is possible with passion and motivation, without any financial revenues.
In the season 2016/17 an new competition was launched, the formula student Driverless. Autonomous driving is one of the prevailing topics in the industry. Even established labels can´t rely on years of experience. Within the framework of Formula Student Driverless, a fully autonomous car is build, which can sense its environment and run a track by itself. In favour, suitable sensors must be selected and complex algorithms to control the car must be developed.
In the season 2015/16 a concept award, dealing with autonomous driving in the Formula Student was held in Formula Student Germany. Participating teams were invited to yield their ideas and comments regarding Driverless.
Our team took part in the competition. A small department from team wrote a scientific paper (Link) and presented it in a 45 minute presentation. Some of our ideas were adopted to the real competition.
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In the season 2016/17 a team of alumni and active team members established a Formula Student driverless team. The goal is the successful participation in the 2017 competition. To do so, the egn16 was rebuild to the egn17-dv. Sensors, Computing hardware and actuators must be backfitted into the car.
Among these technical changes, a huge load of software must be developed, in order that the car can run the track by itself.
To face this gigantic challenge, our team consists of students from different fields, who work together as a interdisciplinary group. In collaboration with different departments of our University, parts of the driverless system are processed in different master’s theses.
Of course, we are also dependent from the help of our sponsors to complete our project. Without material, but also financial sponsoring from our kind supporters, we couldn’t build two cars.