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March 12, 2018

First edition of the SEAT autonomous driving challenge

After six months of hard work, AMUVAG, a team from the University of Valladolid, has won the first edition of the SEAT Autonomous Driving Challenge. The winners of joint second place were the URBots team from the University Rovira i Virgili, and the Autopia team from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

The competition, the first of its kind on a national level, was promoted by CARNET and sought to bring together talented students in robotics and artificial intelligence. It provided the opportunity to participate in the development of new technologies and algorithms for autonomous vehicles.

Universities from all over Spain were invited to participate in the challenge, which consisted of creating the necessary software architectures to make a 1:10 scaled car (equipped with specific hardware) that could move around an urban area, with features such as object detection and avoidance, correct reading of traffic lights and performing parking manoeuvres.

More than 50 students from 7 Spanish universities, divided into multi-disciplinary groups with guidance and orientation from renowned international experts, worked for six months to create software that enables scale model vehicles to navigate themselves around a closed circuit based on an urban environment.



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