Formula Student (FS) has announced that there will be a driverless element to the competition. Teams being tasked with developing a cost-effective software package to enable an artificial intelligence (AI) car to make its own decisions, and evolve to improve its own performance.
The new aspect of the competition ensures that FS continues to support industry development by addressing the skills gap and providing mechanical engineering students with the opportunity of real-world experience of integrated electronics, software and systems engineering.
Andrew Deakin, chairman of FS, said: “The fact that we are introducing an AI element this year is particularly exciting, as AI is already transforming so many industries, including the automotive sector.
“This new, exciting element to the competition aims to encourage enterprising students to look to the future by designing the software for a fully autonomous Formula One-style vehicle in a safe environment.
“Many Formula Student alumni have progressed to work in professional motorsport, and are also highly valued in all sectors of industry, in disciplines such as aerospace, power industries and manufacturing.”
March 1, 2018