On 13 March, Zielpuls was a jury member and partner of the first university competition "VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge 2020". The competition, organised by the VDI District Association of Munich, Upper and Lower Bavaria, enabled students to gain experience in the future field of autonomous driving. The student teams were able to demonstrate the potential of autonomous model cars. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Markus Krug (University of Munich), the jury members Markus Frey (Zielpuls), Dr. Eric Wahl (Porsche), Dr. Daniel Kürschner (AVL S&F), Dominik Reif (Schäffler) and Prof. Dr. habil. Alfred Schöttl (HS Munich) evaluated the presented concepts.
The theme of the challenge was "Get connected". Measurement criteria were the independent parking and parking functions as well as driving on a designated time limit. The special focus, however, was on the networking of the vehicles among themselves. Two teams of students competed against each other: "ADrive Living Lab" of Kempten University of Applied Sciences and "SAM" at Munich University of Applied Sciences.
Presentation of autonomous model vehicles
At the beginning of the challenge, the teams had to face the jury with the presentation of their vehicle concept. The jury members paid attention not only to the technical implementation, but also to the choice and installation of the components. The justification for the choice of software-side codes and algorithms was also taken into the evaluation.
Autonomous parking and parking functions
In the afternoon, the dynamic tasks began with autonomous parking (forward and backwards). It was remarkable how quickly and error-free the vehicles reacted as soon as other road users showed up.
Acceleration races between autonomous model vehicles
The acceleration race was all about the reaction time and the maximum performance on the 10-metre-long, straight test track. An exciting race started. Finally, the team "ADrive Living Lab" from Kempten won with a fantastic time of 1.5 sec.
An exciting race against time!
The highlight for the audience of the VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge was the race against time. It counts which vehicle chose the quickest line. In addition, the best traction was decisive. On the race track, the team from Kempten was able to convince again by winning. Unfortunately, team SAM failed due to a technical defect.
The VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge honours the winning team
To great applause, the team "ADrive Living Lab" from Kempten won the VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge. Bonifaz Stuhr, Felix Treuer, Holger Link, Johann Haselberger and Dominik Schneider were delighted with the VDI-ADC trophy and a one-year VDI membership.
All in all, the Challenge was a very successful event. Zielpuls warmly congratulates both teams on the development of two outstanding model vehicles!