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.
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.