2nd VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge

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With the VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge (VDI ADC), the young talent competition for autonomous driving model cars on a scale of 1:8, ambitious teams were finally be able to show again on May 20 what potential lies in modified RC model cars. After the successful start in March 2020 and last year's Corona forced break, 5 Teams took the challenge competed against each other on the "Campus of Ideas - Accenture Office" in Munich, the new base of the main sponsor of the VDI ADC 2022.

The racetrack was located in the 312 m² Campus Max, a light-flooded hall with a room height of two stories, equipped with an oversized video wall. After an exciting day of competition, the winner was Team IFM Racing from Kempten University of Applied Sciences. And although there could only be one first place in the end, we see winners in all participants who mastered this challenge.

Take a look at the video of the VDI  ADC 2022

Congratulations to the winning team IFM Racing

from Kempten University of Applied Sciences! You did a great job an defended the title 🔥 😃

With bits and bytes on the race track

Report from Fritz Münzel

On May 20, 2022, at the Campus of Ideas in Munich, the young talent competition in the field of autonomous driving, the VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge (VDI ADC), finally entered the next round. Five teams from all over Germany thrilled the audience with their modified RC model cars during the all-day competition and showed what is possible in the field of autonomous driving in the miniature range. 

Every competition needs rules and regulations. For the ADC, the VDI Bezirksverein München Ober- und Niederbayern (VDI District Association Munich Upper and Lower Bavaria) has drawn up a comprehensive set of rules which, on 36 pages, not only defines the course and the various judging disciplines, but also sets out technical parameters for the model cars [1].

The key point is the use of a particular design of the Japanese Kyosho, which has been on the market for a long time and has a well service network in Europe. With this a whole host of technical parameters have already been defined, from the engine power and the sensors to the on-board computer and the operating software, taking into account the latest state of the art. The drive motor alone, with a maximum output of just under 150 W is already astonishing. The organizer wanted to prevent with this standardization that the competing teams don't run up to the cost-intensive material battle for better technical equipment such as engine power, tires, batteries, etc. A certain version of NVIDIA is prescribed as the on-board computer, for which there are already a lot of programs for image evaluation from the industrial sector. But the teams were allowed to deviate from the standard equipment, as long as the performance of the variant is not greater than that of the standard solution. Thus one finds also the use of the microcomputer from Arduino, which is very common and for which a large number of software solutions exists. As basic software ROS had to be used, a standardized control software, as it is also used in "real" autonomous driving cars. On this basis, the participants could create their own software modules. The design of these modules contributed significantly to the success of the project.

In a first evaluation, the "static discipline", the teams had to present their solutions and take part in the discussion. A total of five teams competed in six disciplines (see table). The individual disciplines were weighted differently. Faultless parking and driving on time were rated very highly, less important was the acceleration race and the pursuit race. The discipline "Overtaking" was not actually planned, but the participants during the competition choosed to try it anyway with some amazing results, which were astonishing and were met with great applause. 

All participants gave their best, but only one can win, and that was the team from Kempten University of Applied Sciences. The secret of their success lay not so much in individual perfect sequences, as rather in the experience of the participants
in control engineering and robotics as well as from the successful participation in the last ADC. In the pursuit race, however, the group had to accept the deduction of points, because the control loop that defines the distance to the vehicle in front was probably set a little too sharp. And so their Porsche pushed it a few times. Could this be the first step toward more fun with autonomous driving? Maybe for some drivers but the deduction of points in the real life is rather painful.


[1] www.vdi-adc.de/fileadmin/sn_config/ mediapool_vdi/bilder/bezirksverein/doc/VDIADC-Reglement_v7.pdf

Impressions from the 2nd VDI ADC

These teams competed on May 20

Team RoboTHIx, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt

Team RoboTHIx includes six participants (not all pictured): Krishna Chaitanya Tirumalaraju, Usharani Tati, Anand Krishnan, Basith Sidhique, Kaushal Bharatbhai Patel, Junaid Raza.

The team is supervised by Prof. Dr. Martin Ebert.

Team SAM, University of Applied Sciences Munich

Team SAM from the Munich University of Applied Sciences starts with the four participants: Christof Huber, Killian Renn, Benjamin Vanni Jasin Barud. The team is supervised by Prof. Dr. Lars Wischhof

Team Taco, University of Applied Sciences Offenburg

Team Taco from the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg with the six participants: Franka Weirich, Arian Braun, Anton Kesy, Rico Schillings, Etienne Muser, Dominik Friedrich.

The team is supervised by Prof. Dr. Klaus Dorer

Team UDEmobil, University of Duisburg-Essen

Team UDEmobil from the University of Duisburg-Essen starts with the four participants: Alexander Hoffman, Yannik Thelen, Tom Schickel, Simon Krämer.

The team is supervised by Prof. Dr. Frédéric Etienne Kracht

Team IFM, University of Applied Sciences Kempten

Team IFM - Racing from the IFM - Institute for Driver Assistance and Connected Mobility, University of Applied Sciences Kempten, with the two participants: Bonifaz Stuhr, Johann Haselberger.

The team is supervised by Prof. Bernhard Schick.

Team ADC, University of Applied Sciences Bochum

Team ADC from the University of Applied Sciences Bochum Campus Velbert / Heiligenhaus with the four participants: Sven Wallner, Rene Schirm, Kilian Wittke, Jan Weber. Team picture follows.

The team is supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Lemmen


On 13 March 2020 the first edition of the newly created challenge in the field of autonomous-driving competitions 'VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge' took place. A team from the University of Applied Sciences Munich and one from the University of Applied Sciences Kempten took up the challenge of participating. 
The circuit artfully meanders through the sun-drenched foyer of the Munich University of Applied Sciences. The race track at the venue is very close to reality with its hairpin bends, chicanes and acceleration straights.

About the competition day

First of all, the teams have to face the top-class jury with the presentation of the vehicle concept (technical implementation, choice and installation of the components, justification of the choice of the software codes and algorithms). Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Markus Krug (HS Munich), the judges are Dr. Eric Wahl (Porsche), Dr. Daniel Kürschner (AVL S&F), Dominik Reif (Schäffler), Prof. Dr. habil. Alfred Schöttl (HS Munich) and Markus Frey, Managing Director of the main sponsor, Zielpuls GmbH from Munich, will evaluate the concepts presented.

In the afternoon, the dynamic tasks will begin with autonomous parking in and out. Remarkable here is the fast and error-free reaction of the vehicles as soon as other road users appear. The acceleration race, in which the reaction time and maximum performance on the 10-meter long straight test track is crucial, is won by the team from Kempten with a fantastic time of 1.5 seconds.

The audience highlight is then the race against time, where the fastest line choice and best traction are the deciding factors. Also on the race track the team "Adrive Living Lab" from Kempten can convince, after SAM unfortunately retired with a technical defect. Under great applause, Bonifaz Stuhr, Felix Treuer, Holger Link, Johann Haselberger and Dominik Schneider win the VDI ADC winner's trophy and a one-year VDI membership.