The University of Warwick’s WMG has joined forces with the University of Oxford and Imperial College London to support the ‘Autonomous Driving Challenge 2016’, to inspire the next generation of designers and engineers.
The international competition for all ages aims to encourage amateur and professional designers and engineers to push the boundaries of robotics.
Prizes are on offer in different age categories: ages 4-8, 9-12, 13-17 and 18+ - to make a racetrack, design a vehicle and teach it to drive autonomously.
Carsten Maple, WMG’s Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering, said: “As founding members of the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network we are pleased to be working in collaboration with Imperial College London and the University of Oxford to coordinate Autonomous Driving Challenge 2016.”
“The role of autonomous systems in future transport will be significant, and it is important we raise awareness and interest in this exciting area. We look forward to playing a key role in UK Robotics Week, showcasing UK robotics capabilities and inspiring the next generation."
Creating your own racetrack, design your own vehicle and teach it to drive
A panel of judges consisting of leading designers and automotive engineers will select the winning designs.
To enter the competition, all that’s needed is a pencil, paper, a way of taking digital photos and a Mac or PC with an internet connection.
To take part in the competition you will need to download a free software package.
Entries must be received by 23:00 GMT on 13 June 2016 (i.e. midnight BST), and the winners will be announced on 1 July 2016.
UK Robotics Week
The competition is part of UK Robotics Week, which runs from 25 June to 1 July 2016.
The deadline for entries is 13 June 2016, with track finals taking place during Robotics Week itself.
For more information on how to enter, and handy hints and tips on creating your winning vehicle see the autodrivechallenge section of the UK Robotics Week website