Driverless software steers students to race prize
A team of Edinburgh students has won the UK’s first driverless race car competition.
The team secured first place in a contest to develop software to guide a self-driving car around a racetrack.
They were among more than 3000 students competing in Formula Student, the world’s largest educational engineering contest.
The annual competition – held at Silverstone racetrack – challenges university teams from around the world to design, build and race a single-seat race car.
For the first time, this year’s competition also challenged students to develop artificial intelligence software for a driverless race car.
The Edinburgh students took the victory after using their software to guide a self-driving car provided by the competition organisers.
The software was developed by the team over for two semesters in between their regular studies.
The team was established in 2014 by a group of undergraduate students. It now has more than 50 members from various disciplines.
Alongside their success in the self-driving challenge, the team also designed and built a single-seat racing car for this year’s competition.
Their car placed them amongst the top 20 UK teams – an improvement of 16 places on last year. Vehicles are judged on their design and racing performance.
Formula Student has truly been an amazing journey for me. It has allowed me to apply the ideas I've learned in the classroom on a real-world project and gain experience in hands-on system design and teamwork.