Fraunhofer IIS to host EMEA finals of the 2014 Freescale® Cup for aspiring engineers


At this year's European finals of the Freescale Cup held in France, Germany's budding engineers failed to reach the podium. Next year they'll get another chance, but on their home turf. The EMEA (Europe Middle East Africa) finals of the Freescale Semiconductor Cup will be hosted in Germany, April 29-30, 2014 on the campus of the Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen who is collaboration partner. The Freescale Cup is a robotics challenge through-out the globe that is organized by Freescale Semiconductor. Teams of engineering students design and program model cars and then race to see who can negotiate the obstacle course the fastest.

More than 100 university teams from across EMEA enter the Freescale Cup challenge. Each team receives the same standard model kit containing the chassis, a line scanning camera, servo, and a controller kit. The teams are then tasked with maneuvering their battery-driven electric car autonomously through an obstacle course designed with road bumps, inclines, chicanes and crossings. Electric motors, chassis modifications, and others outside the rule guidelines will lead to disqualification.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to host the Freescale Cup at our institute," says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Albert Heuberger, Executive Director of Fraunhofer IIS. "The Freescale Cup brings together aspiring engineers from across Europe. And what better place to take care of young innovative tinkerers than Fraunhofer IIS?" adds Heuberger. 

Registration for the university team started June 10, 2013 and will be open until the end of July 2013. Further information about the Freescale Cup and the registration can be found at: