GM recently announced that it would be working with eight major North American universities to compete in the GM AutoDrive Challenge. This autonomous vehicle design competition runs three years, asking competitors to develop and demonstrate a car that drives itself. Unlike previous technologies, this car must be entirely self-driven.
According to GM, the schools competition include Kettering University, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, North Carolina A&T, Texas A&M, University of Toronto, Waterloo, and Virginia Tech. Students will work with systems like sensors, computer platforms, pattern recognition, machine learning, and more. We can’t wait to see what these students come up with over the next three years.
— Michigan Tech ECE (@mtuECE) April 5, 2017
“SAE International is excited to expand our partnership with GM to build the future STEM workforce through the AutoDrive Challenge™,” said Chris Ciuca, a director 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.”
Each research team gets a Chevrolet Bolt EV to test and build on, working to customize software and vehicle components. Staff and students will also be invited to tech workshops over the three years in order to brush up on the latest technologies. At Dan Young GM, we’re excited to see these fully autonomous vehicles in action.