Autonomous racing is the ultimate engineering challenge. Combining the mechanical design of traditional auto-racing with the cutting-edge software controls of driverless vehicles, autonomous go-karts are the perfect platform to design, build, and test the vehicles of tomorrow.
The driver is replaced with a variety of sensors placed throughout the kart. These sensors act as the eyes and ears of the vehicle, feeding the data to a control algorithm that students develop and tune. Machine learning (artificial intelligence) is often used to interpret sensor data. The challenge is who can engineer and build the most effective and fast driverless kart.
Autonomous racing brings a new thrill to the track combining high-speed karting with fascinatingly advanced technologies.