The 2015 Audi Autonomous Driving Cup has been announced and will feature a 1:8 scale Q5 provided by Audi. Ten student teams will have the possibility of competing in this inaugural season of the cup which has been developed primarily for students in computer science, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. The public event will take place on March 25 and 26 at the Audi Museum Mobile where the autonomous Q5 scale models will have to face oncoming and intersecting traffic, difficult parking situations as well as a variety of obstacles which will appear randomly.
These 1:8 scale models of the Audi Q5 are powered by an electric motor driving all four wheels and granting a top speed of 40 km/h (25 mph). The students who participate in the Audi Autonomous Driving Cup will be given a basic software package and from that point forward they will be able to develop their own software architecture which will be able to process sensor data to interpret the situation and control the scale model accordingly.
Needless to say, the main objective of the Audi Autonomous Driving Cup is to finish the course in a fast manner with as few errors as possible. For each accident, imprecise execution and lost time, points are going to be deducted while the team that will score the most points is going to win €10,000. Those who finish second will get €5,000 while the price for third place is €1,000.