Self-driving model cars

Finals of 2018 NXP Cup for Europe, Middle East and Africa held at Fraunhofer IIS

© Fraunhofer IIS/Giulia Iannicelli
© Fraunhofer IIS/Giulia Iannicelli
Total concentration at EMEA finals of NXP Cup at Fraunhofer IIS.

The NXP Cup is an international competition in which semiconductor manufacturer NXP provides student teams with the latest technology for self-driving cars. This season, more than 110 college and university teams from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) registered for the competition. A total of 18 teams from 12 countries qualified for the 2017/2018 EMEA finals at our headquarters in Erlangen.

For four months, the students assembled, programmed and tried out their vehicles, which they then tested and fine-tuned in the one-and-a-half days leading up to the decisive race. In training, the model cars had to go around obstacles and swiftly accelerate and brake on a defined track.

The teams sent their model cars into competition in two different model classes. Covering 160 square meters, the racecourse featured bumps in the road, junctions, hills and further obstacles.

The winner of the competition in the “Alamak” model kit category was the “FasTech” team from the University of Craiova in Romania. In second place was the “Athlos” team from the University of West Attica in Greece. And third place was taken by “ACDT” from the Technical University of Iaşi in Romania.

In the “Model C” model kit category, the “Koala Racer” team from the University of Applied Sciences Landshut took first place. Second was “The K-Team” from Deggendorf Institute of Technology. And third was the “Mac” team from Mundiapolis University in Morocco.

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