A team from the University of Edinburgh has taken first place at the UK’s first autonomous race car contest at the Silverstone British Grand Prix circuit.
The Formula Student competition saw teams from around the world design, build and race a single-seat race car. This year an additional competition, Formula Student – Artificial Intelligence (FS-AI), was added, tasking students with developing AI software for a driverless race car.
Edinburgh-based Mapix technologies sponsored the winning team, providing regular mentoring and technical support, and supplying hardware including a Velodyne VLP-16 PUCK™, a 360° horizontal field-of-view LiDAR sensor with a 100m range, 16 laser channels and up to 600,000 points per second.
Edinburgh University Formula Student developed the software stack for the driverless car over two semesters, and between their regular studies. A first round data collection lap was carried out before the car embarked on its maiden, fully autonomous circuit the following day as part of the ‘dynamic events’ aspect of the challenge.