EEE autonomous car racing students qualify in Munich for European finals

Freescale Cup Team

A team of Electronic and Electrical Engineering final year students have successfully qualified at an autonomous car racing event hosted by the Munich University of Applied Sciences competing against 21 other teams to go through to the European finals of the Freescale Cup.

The Freescale Cup is a global competition with over 23,000 students taking part in building, programming, and racing an autonomous model car around a track for speed. Using only cameras and motion sensors with no human interaction, the fastest car to complete the race circuit without any wheel leaving the track wins.

This year 140 teams entered the European region competition, with the qualifying 25 teams going to the final at the end of April hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, Germany. The prize for the winning team is a trip to South Korea funded by Freescale to compete in the world final.  

Freescale Car

The creation of this autonomous car requires embedded software programming and circuit creation using Freescale parts provided in kit form.

Students create motor control hardware and software to propel and steer their intelligent car using a camera to follow a guide line around the track.

The standard intelligent car is made up of an 1/18 scale model chassis with two 7.2V brushed DC motors for propulsion and a servo for the steering. The control system is powered by a Freescale microcontroller using a camera for line detection along with a number of other motion sensors to navigate the car around the track.

Freescale team in Munich

Whilst in Munich the team had to time to visit the sights including the old town hall shown in the photo. Our visit to the Munich University of Applied Sciences didn’t go unnoticed as team member Simon was interviewed by their press officer to find out what we were up to.

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is a partner of the University of Sheffield in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Established in 2012 through Dr Dan Gladwin and the Engineering Gateway team, the partnership brings a diverse portfolio of development tools, courseware, student career programmes and research collaboration increasing industrial awareness to our students