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Together with student teams, academics and industry experts, we have been developing competitions that focus on autonomous technology’s role in energy optimisation.

With this we aim to create a challenging new competitive arena for student teams to get hands-on experience with this technology and put their own fresh thinking into how it can help to achieve energy efficiency.

There are two competitions currently in development:

Shell Eco-marathon Urban Concept Autonomous Competition (in development)

This competition is for teams to take their cars to the next level. Teams have to consider the application of autonomous technology to their Urban Concept vehicle in order to get through a series of challenges. We continue to develop this competition with a small group of dedicated teams.

Shell Eco-marathon Autonomous Programming Competition

The Autonomous Programming Competition, in partnership with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is a result of consultation and feedback from students around the world to offer an option that is accessible to more students, reducing financial barriers and emphasising more areas of STEM specialisms such as computer programming. This is a completely virtual competition, and the beta trial phase has successfully concluded in the Americas region with a selected group of student teams.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the first beta trial of the Shell Eco-marathon Autonomous Programming Competition – Texas A&M University! Cornell University took the second place, and completing the podium, in third place is Auburn University.

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Texas A&M University team: Jorge Roa, Alex Trejos, Daniyal Ansari, Trent Collins, Michiel Ashley, Xingyong Song (Faculty advisor).

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Texas A&M University team: Jorge Roa, Alex Trejos, Daniyal Ansari, Trent Collins, Michiel Ashley, Xingyong Song (Faculty advisor).

In this exciting and high-level competition, participants were challenged to develop path planning, perception, and control algorithms for an autonomous vehicle using the Robot Operating System (ROS). The codes were then tested in a simulated environment using Microsoft AirSim with the Unreal Engine.

Texas A&M developed the most efficient path planning out of all the contestants, not only in terms of energy usage, but also distance, CPU usage, and time. The winning team submitted an impressive 73 valid attempts, continuously improving their score with each submission. They showed great determination and ingenuity throughout the competition, a well-deserved win!

The next edition of the Shell Eco-marathon Autonomous Programming Competition will be announced in due course.

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Shell Eco-marathon Challenger competitions
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Challenger competitions are designed for teams looking to discover Shell Eco-marathon for the first time, or for seasoned competitors to fine-tune and refine their cars ahead of Regional competitions.

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Shell Eco-marathon Regional competitions
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These are individual competitions that invite experienced teams from academic institutions in Americas, Asia and Europe to apply different approaches in STEM to achieve maximum energy-efficiency with their vehicle on the track.

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Shell Eco-marathon World Championship Series
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This prestigious series sees teams, who have achieved the highest level of energy efficiency in Regional competitions, go head-to-head to prove they can maintain maximum energy efficiency with real-world speed.

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