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:
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.
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.
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.