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TUHH students developing self-driving cars

Students enter high-powered cars in contest

A team of engineering students at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) has won the Autonomous Design Award after competing in the global Formula Student Contest as e-gnition and came third overall, a press release said Thursday (August 24, 2017).

Record for self-driving cars

A team of 60 has been working on a new high-powered car every year since 2011. This year, the team entered two vehicles in the contest. The egn_dv17 shone in the “Autonomous Design” category. The TUHH team came third overall after the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and the Karlsruhe University (KIT). TUHH’s students faced the daunting task of building a new racing car in only nine months. Their car was entered in a separate contest launched this season. The e-gnition team used the earlier car as a model and the egn16 quickly became the driverless egn_dv17.

Wide expertise

The students installed cameras and sensors in the vehicle to ensure self-driving. Apart from mechanical adjustments, all kinds of software developments were needed to ensure that egn_dv17 was self-driving. “Our team consists of students in diverse courses of study and who all work in a interdisciplinary manner,” said Nils Albrecht of e-gnition Driverless Team.

Close collaboration with commerce and science

Students in diverse engineering courses were also involved in building the second car model. Planning, construction and testing the car took a year. A four-wheel drive was developed in close co-operation with partners in commerce and science. This team placed ninth overall. The students were backed by 60 companies and their main sponsor NXP Semiconductors.

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About e-gnition

Parallel to their courses, students spend a year planning, constructing and testing new electric formula racing cars to compete against other teams on Europe’ s famous racecourses. The egn17 is the sixth racing car to be built at TUHH. New and alternative raw materials and cutting-edge production procedures have been used in construction. Around 80 students in nearly every TUHH course of study took part in this year’s project.

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