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Team members present their Concept Design for an autonomous car with SAE level 4
Xeon processor with a total of 44 cores and 128Gb memory. The server
features gigabit ethernet as well as USB 3.0 ports for high-speed
sensor integration, an expansion bay with support for PCI interfaces
that will host the CAN bus card to interface the car, a DB9 card for
powering the external liquid cooling system, and a PCIe interface
that hosts a high-end FPGA (Intel Arria 10 GX) to provide hardware
acceleration for deep learning algorithms.
How does the team's participation in the AutoDrive Challenge tie into
the university's autonomous vehicle research program?
The team's participation in the AutoDrive Challenge competition has
helped a lot in the university's autonomous research in the realm of
unmanned ground robots, autonomous drones, and autonomous
vehicles. After successful performance of the A3 team in the Autodrive
Challenge, many university students learned a lot about our team's
research and showed interest in joining this effort. Downtown
Greensboro also supported us with the crowd outreach program, which
educates people about the benefits of autonomous vehicles. Also, the
North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) started funding
students to work on autonomous vehicle research.

AutoDrive Challenge-what it's all about

The automotive industry is undergoing a dramatic change in how cars and
trucks are driven. AutoDrive Challenge, developed by SAE International in
partnership with General Motors, responds to that change by cultivating in
college students the required capabilities to make the transition to
autonomous driving a safe and efficient one. The three-year competition
comes to an end in 2020. The University of Toronto won Year 1 and Year 2. The
eight teams from the U.S. and Canada are still retrofitting the GM-donated
Chevrolet Bolts in advance of the June 8-14 competition to be held at the
Transportation Research Center's SMART Center in East Liberty, Ohio.
Year 3 will focus on urban environment driving scenarios that have teams
optimizing perception and sensing algorithms to navigate a fictitious rider
sharing scenario. This will include a longer continuous autonomous drive than
the past two years in which teams will encounter both static and dynamic
objects, traffic control lights and signs, as well as various lane line scenarios.

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North Carolina A&T State University College of
Engineering is undoubtedly a leader in autonomous
control and automotive Research. Establishing a strong
Autonomous Vehicle research program at the university
and in the state of North Carolina by participating in the
AutoDrive Challenge is the natural progression.
Our efforts strategically align with North Carolina A&T
State University's goal to position the university to be a
national, premier research-intensive, doctoral, science,
and technology-focused learning institution. The product
of our team's participation lays a very strong foundation
for continued and more intensive research, as well as
opportunities for more collaborations to ensure that the
university is a major contributor to the advancement and
education of Autonomous Vehicles and Autonomous
Vehicle Research. To aid in our success, the university
has assisted with establishing partnerships that provide
funding through various sponsorships and real-world
projects that apply autonomous and connected vehicle
technology to solve problems with shorter time scales.
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State
University has supported us since the start of the
competition. Our team has been provided with a
dedicated test-track at NCA&T's north campus research
park. Further, through collaborations with City of
Greensboro's DoT and different divisions in NCA&T
such as Police Department and University Facility, the
A3 team has been provided access to an intersection in
the campus area. This requires road closure when the
team decides to test the car. The University's Facility and
Police Departments helped us by guarding the testing
area and making sure there were no pedestrians or
other vehicles present at the testing time. The university
Chancellor and the College of Engineering Dean helped
us in every way possible with the needed resources.
How is the team preparing for June's 2020 AutoDrive
Challenge competition?
For Year 3, we are focused on improving the hardware
and software designs, integration of the hardware
and software systems, and the safety strategies to be
employed in the system. We believe that designing a
reliable autonomous car is a lengthy and complex route
that is worth every effort to achieve the necessary goals
of zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.
We are continuing to discover ways to unlock better
performance for lower cost while researching strategic
placement and positioning of the sensors. Further, we
are planning to better follow the industrial standards
in different components, such as the wiring harness
of sensors within the computing platform and the
mechanical systems for mounting sensors. In prepration
for Year 3 of the Challenge, we are focusing on the
software end, which includes the design of the software
architecture system and the integration of each functional
module such as the perception, localization, planning, and
control of the vehicle.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Momentum - March 2020

Momentum - March 2020
Building a career in mobility
Making sense on sensors
Victory at last
Keeping it light
GM’s Cruise self-driving vehicle built for upgradable hardware
New seal improves performance
SAE 101: personal and financial well-being, SAE style
SAE 101: personal and financial well-being, SAE style
Dossier: Noah Lukins of May Mobility
Occupational benefits of competing in technical collegiate competitions
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Momentum - March 2020 - Contents
Momentum - March 2020 - Building a career in mobility
Momentum - March 2020 - BENEFITS U
Momentum - March 2020 - Making sense on sensors
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Momentum - March 2020 - 6
Momentum - March 2020 - Victory at last
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Momentum - March 2020 - Keeping it light
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Momentum - March 2020 - BRIEFS
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Momentum - March 2020 - GM’s Cruise self-driving vehicle built for upgradable hardware
Momentum - March 2020 - New seal improves performance
Momentum - March 2020 - SAE 101: personal and financial well-being, SAE style
Momentum - March 2020 - SAE 101: personal and financial well-being, SAE style
Momentum - March 2020 - Dossier: Noah Lukins of May Mobility
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Momentum - March 2020 - Occupational benefits of competing in technical collegiate competitions
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