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Audi is hosting the inaugural Autonomous Driving Cup, which is intended primarily for students in computer science, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. Audi provides the hardware—a 1:8-scale Audi Q5—and the students develop the software. Ten teams will compete against each other at a public event at the Audi Museum Mobile on March 25 and 26, 2015.

An electric motor accelerates the all-wheel-drive model cars up to 40 km/h (24.9 mph). The students are provided with a basic software package for the competition, from which they develop their own software architecture that processes sensor data to interpret the situation and control the car accordingly.

The goal for the student teams is to complete the course quickly with as few errors as possible. Points are deducted for accidents, lost time and imprecise execution. The team scoring the most points wins €10,000. Second prize is €5,000; third prize €1,000.

The resemblance between the model cars and their full-size counterparts is more than just visual: The development environment for the software is the exact same one used to test driver assistance systems.

According to Björn Giesler, one of the organizers of the competition, some of the challenges are very similar to those encountered with automobiles in production development.

The measurement sensors in the models have to work just as precisely as those in their big brothers. We are excited to see the innovative solutions the students come up with.

—Björn Giesler

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