Waymo Design Challenge
From operating Waymo One, the first and only public autonomous ride hailing service in the United States, to delivering cargo on behalf of partners with Waymo Via, Waymo knows what it takes to transform autonomous driving technology from the pages of science-fiction and research into a reality. The field of autonomous driving technology is rapidly evolving and Waymo is in a unique position to foster the next generation of autonomous driving enthusiasts in North America.
Imagine your school’s student racing team wants to build an autonomous driver to compete in next year’s season, but they need help!
Your task is to create a technical proposal and execution plan for implementing an autonomous driving system in a Formula Student race car. Your submission should consist of three parts:
Your team’s objectives, performance requirements, and system architecture including details on your system’s capabilities (e.g., range, latency, localization requirements), and details on how your system’s performance relates to your system requirements
A business proposal including a team org chart outlining each individual’s role, a budget proposal for the expected hardware cost for the autonomous driving system, and person-hour cost to develop the software
A technical deep dive on one component of the system architecture of your choosing, whether it be sensing, perception, planning, controls, developer infrastructure, etc.
Submission Details & Rules
To participate, fill out the registration form below and agree to the Design Challenge Official Rules (available here), and email your proposal to email@example.com by August 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PT.
Your submission must be a Microsoft Word document or PDF, 5-10 pages long, and should not exceed 20MB. The title page and references do not count against the page limit.
Technical Reports might be made public and should not contain any confidential information. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions must be in English to be eligible and should include (a) the name and email address of each team member and (b) the school each team member is affiliated with.
July 12, 2021:
Round 1 of the competition kicks off
August 15, 2021:
Round 1 submission deadline
August 25, 2021:
Round 1 top five teams are announced
September 3, 2021:
Round 2 submission deadline and virtual showcase
September 12, 2021:
The winning team is announced
Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since our start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building the Waymo Driver, the World’s Most Experienced Driver, to improve access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes.
The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, the world’s first fully autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as Waymo Via, our trucking and local delivery solution. To date, Waymo has autonomously driven tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions of miles in simulation, across 10 U.S. states. To keep up with the latest and greatest from the company visit the Waypoint, the official Waymo blog.
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