EUFS prepare for Virtual Competition in 2020

Posted on June 29, 2020 in ,

With the challenges brought on with the Coronavirus in 2020, we caught up with the Edinburgh University Formula Student (EUFS) team to see how they are preparing for the new 2020 Virtual Competition 22-26th July. Normally they would be preparing to leave for racing at Silverstone, but not this year.

More than 80 teams worldwide will be competing online with the virtual competition starting 22nd July and concluding on 26th July 2020.

Teams will still be able to present the results of their work this year. There will be presentations for Design, Cost & Manufacturing, Business and FS-AI.

For the autonomous vehicle elements of the competition the new Simulation Development competition will evaluate students understanding of simulation within the development workflow and demonstrate their self-driving algorithms in detail.

Ignat Georgiev commented, “We are participating in the virtual competition which involves just the static events. We will be submitting video presentations of the three usual static events (design, real-world AI and business) plus a new one which asks us to showcase our simulation(s). Then on the usual days of the competition, we will have live Q&A session with the judges where they will be asking us questions based on the presentations.

EUFS Formula Student cars 2020

For 2021 the team are working on building their own fully autonomous race car, seen on the left above.

Ignat added, “As for our work leading up to the competition, similar to everybody else, things are a little slower than usual. We are focusing on preparing for manufacturing in the next academic year and also finishing our software development. LiDAR is an integral part of our software stack.

This video shows data visualization of what the car sees and how it plans its actions. The complete autonomous racing software stack for FSUK 2020 virtual events.

We wish the EUFS team continued success as they won the automated vehicle category in 2018 and 2019. Mapix technologies are delighted to be Platinum sponsors of the team, supporting them with Velodyne LiDAR sensors and mentoring provided by our CTO Gert Riemersma.

EUFS 2019 LiDAR Mapix technologies

See more about the teams learning with LiDAR over the past three seasons. Click here

See the EUFS team winning for a second year. Click here

See more about Velodyne LiDAR scanners. Click here

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