NC A&T Aggie Autonomous Auto Team Places first in the country and second overall in the 2019  SAE Autodrive Challenge Tonya Dixon

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress Experience, General Motors Co. (GM) and SAE International announced North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University one of eight North American universities that will compete in the upcoming Auto Drive Challenge. The new autonomous vehicle design competition is a three-year challenge to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous passenger vehicle. The competition’s technical goal is navigating an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE  Standard (J3016) Level 4 definition by year three of the challenge.  

Throughout the competition, students will focus on autonomous technologies and allow for modification and testing. They will work with real-world applications of sensing technologies, computing platforms, software design implementation and advanced computation methods such as computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, artificial intelligence, sensor fusion and autonomous vehicle controls.

GM will provide each team with a Chevrolet Bolt EV as the vehicle platform. Strategic partners and suppliers will aid the students in their technology development by providing vehicle parts and software.
 Through out the AutoDrive Challenge™ competition cycle, students and faculty will be invited to attend technology-specific workshops to help them in their concept refinement and overall autonomous technical understanding.  North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University's, College of Engineering Kickoff the 3-Year GM AutoDrive Challenge “ Tuesday, Nov. 7, on the front lawn of McNair Hall. Video Report
EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 17, 2019) – The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Aggie Autonomous Autoteam (A3) finished second overall and first in the country in this year's SAE Autodrive Challenge national competition.

“The A3 car innovations were all hand built.  The coding and fingerprints were all done by students of N.C. A&T.” said Kareem Hogan, electrical engineering Ph.D. candidate and A3 team co-captain
Now in the second year of the three-year competition, the College of Engineering's A3 team competed against seven North American teams including Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Michigan State University, Michigan Technical University, Texas A&M University, University of Waterloo and Ketterling University, each transforming a Chevy Volt into a functional autonomous vehicle.  

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Photo: Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering Sun Yi, PhD Mechanical Engineering University of Michigan. Research interest include analysis and control of dynamic systems with application to robots, vehicles, and aircraft.
In this year's competition, the car's ability to navigate urban environment driving scenarios in the presence of static and dynamic objects was tested and scored at "Mcity", a one-of-a-kind urban test facility located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Our A3 team consists of graduate students and undergrads solving the practical problems identified in their subgroups.
Those problems range from affordability,   to performance in  inclement weather to comfort," said Dr. Ali Karimoddini,  electrical and computer  engineering associate professor. Initiatives like the Autodrive Challenge test the limits of research and innovation for an autonomous future.

"This is an impressive show of what students can do (when) given the opportunity. You’re talking about students coming together with very limited resources and budgets. Some of our team members are brand new and quickly ramped up to get to a competition, taking a regular car, outfitting it with sensors and building their own algorithms and software from scratch,” said Kareem Hogan, electrical engineering Ph.D. candidate and A3 team co-captain. “The A3 car innovations were all hand built. Not outsourced. The coding and fingerprints were all done by students of N.C. A&T.”

GM Selects N.C. A&T for New Autonomous Vehicle Competition