InGENIOUSly Continental 2018: Students have created cars that decide by themselves what route they should follow

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Continental and the Polytechnic University of Timisoara have challenged 35 students, divided into 7 teams, to develop a car system that allows the tracking of a marked road route and the automatic speed control, as well as the possibility of deciding the route in case of some intersections. Also, on a smartphone, the developed system must permanently display the travel speed and distance traveled from the start of each route.

Under the coordination of 32 mentors from Continental and Polytechnic University of Timisoara, after 14 weeks of hard work, on Wednesday, June 6, the 7 teams competed in the final test. Each team had a budget of EUR 500, which they used to buy the necessary components.

During the tests, the machine had to report every 0.5 seconds both the travel speed and the distance traveled.

“The automotive industry challenges every day all of us who are contributing to the development of this sector. Creating an electric car that decides the route to follow in a bifurcation, that follows a marked route and is capable to send data to cloud, is a step forward to electrification, connectivity, and autonomous driving. Students who participated in this project have learned not only how to work in a team, but also what the rigors of a completed project are, and they had the opportunity to see their creative ideas materialize. All students who took part in this competition are winners”, stated Dr. Christian von Albrichsfeld, the General Manager of Continental Automotive Romania.

The students benefited from specialized training sessions held by the Continental mentors. The winners have been rewarded with RON 6,000, the second place with RON 3,200 and the team on the 3rd place received RON 1,600.