The 2018 <<gotthard>> driverless team kicks off a busy season of events and testing with two major milestones: Rollout and ZF Race Camp. Many hours lie ahead for the team.
Driverless 2018 revived «gotthard», the car built by the AMZ Electric team in 2016. Hardware modifications include a newly designed high-voltage accumulator, additional sensors for perception, and actuators for steering and braking. To empower it with autonomous ca-pabilities, «gotthard» has been reloaded with several sensors such as the LiDAR, cameras, a GPS system and an optical velocity sensor. This year’s innovation lies in using the LiDAR point cloud to additionally identify the colour of the cones. The vision pipeline consists of a stereo camera configuration to detect cones at short range, and a mono ca-mera to detect cones farther away.
The 2018 team brings diversity, in terms of both nationality and skillset. Students are mostly busy studying their masters degree at ETH Zurich in the fields of Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Robotics. The 20 students in the 2018 team come from over 11 nationalities, including India, Italy, Lichtenstein, Ger-many, South Africa, Spain, Netherlands, and Thailand.
May 14 - The EKZ Dietikon campus is abuzz with activity and excitement. The dynamic team of AMZ driverless is busy practicing the trajectory tests of the car and ensuring that the hardware and the software integration of «gotthard» driverless is working reliably. Final checks are done before the car is showcased to the guests, who include everyone from sponsors, journalists, friends, and family members.
At 6pm, the gathered audience are given a visual treat of the splendid racing cars produced by AMZ since the beginning of the season in September 2017. A presentation follows explaining the various building blocks of transforming «gotthard» into a driverless car. The moment everyone was waiting for finally arrived. The show run of the driverless «gotthard», with the car following a fixed trajectory without any deviation, while being pushed. With this, AMZ announced the arrival of a reloaded «gotthard» waiting to zoom ahead autonomously.
On16-18 May, the team travelled to Friedrichshaven, Germany, for the ZF Race Camp. In addition to testing on a large test track, this event gave the team experience in organising themselves in an event, presenting some of the static disciplines, and interacting with other teams. With over 600 students from electric, combustion and driverless teams from many countries, the AMZ Driverless team was enthusiastic to showcase gotthard.