CARNET Autonomous 
Driving Challenge 2021



Have you ever dreamed of programming a robot to move autonomously? Do you want to take part in the development of a key twenty-first century technology? At CARNET we offer you one of the world’s best competitions: the Autonomous Driving Challenge. The competition is a great opportunity for students to learn and develop connectivity and automated technologies, with a state-of-the-art scale vehicle provided by CARNET. Take part and enter the urban mobility innovation world.

The transportation sector is facing a big change with the arrival of connected and autonomous vehicles (VA). Fully autonomous technology promises to be one of the most disruptive innovations of the twenty-first century. At CARNET, we believe it is a solution to road safety, sustainability, traffic and accessibility problems. Both the public and private sectors consider it a priority and it is backed by significant engineering companies around the world for the transport of people and goods. 

CARNET wants to ensure new generations of students have early access to an interaction with VA technology, so they can form part of the growing social, economic and industrial change that is taking place. That is why we are launching the third edition of this interdisciplinary competition, where students develop real-world applications on small-scale vehicles.


About the Autonomous Driving Challenge

The Autonomous Driving Challenge is a competition aimed at students with a technical background in robotics who are interested in developing future car technology. Participants develop fully automated driving functions and the necessary software architectures. This development is applicable and scalable to real-life autonomous driving algorithms and provides students with the ability to be part of the creation of this future mobility concept.

The project will officially kick-off in February, when students will receive a 1:8 scale model delivery vehicle and immerse themselves in the challenge, with tech talks from robotic experts to ensure that all participants have an equal starting point. The model car, developed exclusively for the competition, has an integrated CPU unit, a set of sensors, and integrated LINUX Robotic OS Library systems. 

The student teams will have nine months to develop their software solution, which will eventually allow the cars to autonomously navigate a road. During this time, they will be mentored and perform intermediate tasks to ensure their development along the way.