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Audi asks student groups to program miniature Audis for auto-piloting
Audi asks student groups to program miniature Audis for auto-piloting

The Piloted Driving autonomous vehicle project of Audi had made top news and the project has delivered vehicles such as a self-driving A6 Avant, a self-parking A7, a racetrack competent RS7 and the latest the A7 that made the Palo Alto-Las Vegas trip on auto-pilot. 

Now the  piloted driving is being taken to a smaller level by Audi and it h as offered Q5s on the scale of 1:8 to be programmed by groups of students numbering 10 and the inaugural Autonomous Driving Cup will see them tiny crossovers competing with each other.  It is a kind of an off-road competition of DARPA, but smaller in size and run only in indoor tracks.

The smart move here by Audi is to ask the students, who will be the next generation automobile engineers, to take the challenge of autonomous car development, a pressing need some time. The challenge involves programming of the cars to identify the widely different scenario and react according to what they find. To make sure that whatever the students groups find out is applicable to the full scale Piloted Driving tests of Audi, the software development environment of the tiny Q5 is similar to the program used in the Audi prototypes of real –life environment.

The  micro Q5 chassis the students got by donation will be programmed by them to compete in a huge indoor course where they will encounter traffic, accomplish parking tasks, avoid obstacles and avoid accidents. Small-size Audi race cars will be in the mix of the traffic and the speed is what makes the proceedings trickier as well as the  huge number of  complex sensors that function the same way they  function in full-size Audi’s auto-piloting cars. The miniature Q5s will be able to gather a maximum speed of up to 25mph while in the course.

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