Past events


On August 18 and 19, the VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge took place, a competition for young talents for autonomous driving model cars. A special highlight this year was the impressive venue: the DEKRA Lausitzring.

The atmosphere was lively and the setting unique - especially impressive was the fact that a DTM race took place at the Lausitzring on the same weekend as the VDI ADC. The visitors not only had the opportunity to see model racing cars in action!

A total of seven teams took up the challenge and brought their 1:8 scale model cars to the race track, which was modeled after the layout of the Lausitzring.

The real success story was written by the team ADC from Bochum, Germany, who went from zeros to heroes. Despite finishing last in the previous challenge, Team ADC managed to win a thrilling head-to-head race. Their outstanding performance was impressive across the board.

The challenge 2023 as video



ADC Team Campus Velbert Heiligenhaus

ADC Team Campus Velbert Heiligenhaus from the Hochschule Bochum Campus Velbert / Heiligenhaus starts with the six participants: Nils Fürkötter, Vladimir Renev Petrov, Garrit Dorrgarten, Janine Sawer, Jan Weber, Stephan Sandfuchs

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

Escuderia Colonia, Technische Hochschule Köln

Escuderia Colonia from the Technische Hochschule Köln starts with the five participants: Hartmut Köhn, Gustavo Olivas, Matthias Härle, Simon Boes, Felix Mayer.

The team is supervised by Prof. Dr. Elena Algorri / Mohieddine Jelali

Team SAM, University of Applied Sciences Munich

Team SAM from the Munich University of Applied Sciences starts with the six participants: Richard Kats, Anna Hogger, Tobias Peslalz, Johann Aschenloher, Alexander Straube, Niklas Jenner.

The team is supervised by Prof. Dr. Alfred Nischwitz

Team M_DynaMUCs, University of Applied Science Munich

Team M_DynaMUCs from the University of Applied Science Munich starts with the four participants: Felix Arnold, Pascal Rehm, Fabian Reuter Pinto Correia, Otto Ockert.

The team is supervised by William Engel.

OSCar, Hochschule Osnabrück

Team OSCar from the  Hochschule Osnabrück starts with the six participants: Hannes Willoh, Hendrik Purschke, Lukas Beesten, Sven Gravemeier, Selim Cigir, Phillip Plantholt.

The team is supervised by Prof. Winfried Gehrke.

smart TUBe, Technische Universität Berlin

Team smart TUBe from the Technische Universität BerlinTeam starts with the seven participants: Yu Chen, Richard Koeppe, Zhiwei Li, Xiaoyan Mu, Dennis Schmidt, Oskar Winkels, Libin Mao.

The team is supervised by Dipl.-Ing. Ingo Wülfing.

TEAM-DUE (Talentiertes Engineering- und Autonomes Mobilitätsteam), Universität Duisburg-Essen

Team TEAM-DUE (Talentiertes Engineering- und Autonomes Mobilitätsteam) from the Universität Duisburg-Essen starts with the three participants: Rachid Alhourani, Johannes Schoch, Jason Sutanto.

The team is supervised by Jason Sutanto.

Congratulations to the winning team “ADC Team Campus Velbert Heiligenhausen”


On the Fast Track to Progress

What a weekend of thrills and innovations at this year's VDI Autonomous Driving Challenge! With excellent support from Dekra, the competition was spectacular. Despite high temperatures and difficult lighting conditions for the 3D cameras, all teams put up a brave fight with their model cars.

It was impressive to see how much the technical level had improved since last year. Special highlights were Team Escuderia from Cologne, who shone with a basic version of the MXcarkit, and Smart Tube from Berlin, who presented their promising algorithm. Because the performances were so close, the jury had a hard time assigning placements and the tension was high. The well-deserved overall victory went to Team ADC from Bochum, who impressed with top lap times and outstanding acceleration. Congratulations also to Team DUE from Duisburg for a courageous overtaking maneuver that earned them second place, and to third-place Team M_DynaMUCs from Munich for their impressive team performance.

Special recognition went to Team OScar from Osnabrück for their innovative design and Team SAM from Munich for their bold approach.

The final highlight was the impressive awards ceremony at the Lausitzring, where Dekra and Uwe Burckhardt, Head of Test and Event at DEKRA Lausitzring, presented the trophies.

Thanks a lot for the great support!

We are already looking forward to next year, when the VDI ADC 2024 will bring us together again - for more innovation, passion and competition!


1. ADC – University of Applied Sciences Bochum/Campus Velbert Heiligenhausen
2. TEAM-DUE – University Duisburg-Essen
3. M_DynaMUCs – University of Applied Sciences Munich
4. OSCar – University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück
5. SAM – University of Applied Sciences Munich
6. Escuderia Colonia – University of Applied Sciences Cologne
7. smart TUBe –Technical University Berlin

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