The Tech That Won the First Formula Student Driverless Race

On-the-fly mapping got the driverless car through a rainy day

Photo: Formula Student Germany

Engineering student Manuel Dangel of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 
Zurich and teammates were walking the racecourse at Formula Student Driverless in Hockenheimring, Germany, earlier this month when they realized that the computerized wheelbarrow they were using to map the course had gone haywire. [See “
Students Race Driverless Cars in Germany in Formula Student Competition
” 16 August 2017.]

As part of the track-drive event, one of several events that make up the entire competition, the rules permit teams half an hour to walk the racecourse and make measurements they might need to program their driverless cars. Because the track-drive event consists of ten solo laps on the same, unchanging course among traffic cones, “the basic strategy is to run within the map,” Dangel says. If you cannot make a map before the event, though, you have to switch to a more complex strategy.

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Read the rest of “The Tech That Won the First Formula Student Driverless Race” from the source: IEEE Spectrum Cars That Think.