Team Leader : Birk Blumhoff
CURE goes DRIVERLESS
What does CURE goes Driverless mean?
In September 2019 CURE started a new project: Developing a Driverless system. The team behind it sets the foundations, in order to be able to participate in the events in the coming seasons with autonomous vehicles. For the first time, the system is now to be installed in the CM-21e vehicle, which will start at the events in summer 2021. The decision to expand the team is based on the official announcement by the Formula Student Germany (FSG) that in 2022 all cars must complete the acceleration discipline at the event in germany autonomously in order to receive full points. We also firmly believe that in the future of Formula Student (not only at the german event) the discipline Driverless will become more and more important.
The Formula Student Germany has a special meaning for CURE, because it is internationally recognized and takes place in our region at the Hockenheimring. In order to be prepared for the future and possible home games, we want to face the challenges under the motto: CURE goes DRIVERLESS!
As a bunch of computer scientists and technical students, we form a team that also deals with many aspects of the vehicle beyond the topic of autonomous driving. Our tasks in the Autonomous System team are mainly divided into 5 areas. Each area reflects a main topic in the development of an autonomous vehicle.
In Perception, we deal with the detection of the pylons, that mark the race track at the Formula Student events. With the help of the YOLOv3 neural network, the vehicle independently identifies, where objects are located in front of the vehicle and classifies what kind of pylons they are. In addition, the Perception section is responsible for selecting the computer and sensors.
The information from the Perception section is then used in Mapping to build a local map. In the future, it is also planned to build a global map and then localize the vehicle in it using Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM).
The map and the position of the vehicle can then be used in Planning to calculate a path that the vehicle should follow. Taking into account the speed, route data and vehicle parameters, the calculation of an ideal line is to follow in the future.
In close cooperation with the Planning division, the Control division takes care of the regulation of the actuators, so that the vehicle follows the path specified by Planning.
The selection and integration of the actuators, which ultimately take over braking and steering, are in the responsibility of the Suspension team.
Finally, the Autonomous System team also includes the Simulation department, whose task is to set up a test platform for testing the code that is created. In addition, a virtual simulation environment is also to be set up in this area in the future.
Become a part of our team !
Do you have the time and desire to push CURE in the field of autonomous driving?
Do you have any previous experience in image processing, programming or the development of machine learning algorithms?
Would you like to expand your personal network during your studies with other students, alumni, partner companies and university representatives and benefit from their know-how in internal trainings or in direct exchange?
Then come to join CURE, become a part of our team and help us take the next step!
For this, contact Birk at firstname.lastname@example.org!