Autonomous Vehicle Technology Demonstrations

Several fully autonomous vehicles, featuring an array of sensors, processors and software will be running demo laps of the Daytona Milton Keynes track at Self Driving Track Days on 10 July, as well as brief technical overviews by their owners/developers.

Visitors and press are invited to see first-hand what the latest technology can do, how the vehicle interacts with other vehicles and environment, and talk to the engineers developing the full vehicle systems. In this intimate venue dedicated to hosting Self Driving Track Days, attendees have time to get up close and hands-on with the vehicles to learn about how they operate.

Why attend?  Who should attend?

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Details

Attendance is part of the entrance fee, which includes a ride in an vehicle to explore autonomous vehicle technologies as well as learning workshops. 

  • Date: 10 July 2018
  • Location: Daytona Karting, Milton Keynes, UK

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Which vehicles are being showcased?

The vehicles will run laps of the track, and their technical staff will be onsite to explain how the technology works.

More details to be announced soon… Watch this space

In 2017, Self Driving Track Days saw the team from TU Graz running live demonstration of ADAS sensors in a fully equipped test car on the test track.

The series production BMW 640i had a full ADAS package, including:

  • ADAS sensors:
    • Continental ARS 308 combined short/long range radar in target and object mode
    • Mobileye mono camera
    • Cohda MK4 Car2X sensors
  • Reference Measurement system:
    • RTK-GPS
    • Genesys ADMA (Inertial Measurement Unit)

Fully autonomous laps

The second demo vehicle was a Ford Mondeo Hybrid, built by DataSpeed Inc and with a demonstrator run by Austria’s Virtual Vehicle Research Center (V2C2).

This included foundation technology for driverless vehicles including:

  • Dataspeed drive-by-wire control system based on Linux, also running ROS, RViz
  • Velodyne LiDAR
  • GPS with real-time kinematic correction
  • PCTEL Mobile Broadband

Track lap demonstration included with navigation run on LiDAR, RTK corrected GPS or combined. Controlling the vehicle with an Xbox controller and talking to one of the engineers that works on the system.

DataSpeed is one of the world’s only developers of R&D platforms – with this equipment, which enables basic driverless functionality and remote control, passengers will be able to see the foundation level of technology and control required in order to develop fully driverless vehicles.  The vehicle is a ‘first step’ towards creating fully road-speed driverless vehicles, and is designed as an R&D platform that any organisation can start on driverless development  – without having to worry about how to control the vehicle, and instead focussing on the important things – algorithm development.

DataSpeed supply their drive-by-wire technology, originally developed in the 1990s for Formula 1, to many of the world’s car manufacturers, including Ford, and are a major supplier to AutonomouStuff, the world’s largest driverless car R&D retailer.

Why attend?

  • If you’ve never been for a ride in a car that can drive itself, you are in for an extraordinary experience.
  • A rare opportunity to get a hands-on experience in a fully autonomous vehicle, alongside the engineers who have implemented the technology.
  • You can watch videos and read about self driving cars all day, but there’s nothing to quite match the experience of sitting in a car as it drives itself around the track, navigating the corners with ease and identifying objects along the way.
  • You will get up close and personal with the technology, and gain unparalleled insight into the systems that make self-driving cars tick.

Other technology demos inside the building:

NXP and Intempora will be demonstrating their software platform (Intempora RT Maps) and hardware processing (NXP Blue Box) platforms. Attendees will be able to access free copies of the RT Maps software for evaluation purposes.

AIMotive will be demonstrating how artificial intelligence can understand scenes – categorise, segment and label various objects detected from a variety of sensor inputs, including camera and LiDAR.

NovAtel will be demonstrating some their professional-grade high-resolution Satellite positioning technology, and explaining why this is such a complex and difficult part of the technology in driverless cars.

Only at Self Driving Track Days (10 July 2018)

Combining the track demos with the learning workshop at Self Driving Track Days is a unique experience. Connecting theory with the real world application is always difficult to achieve in a workshop environment, but by bringing both of these elements together at Daytona Milton Keynes in the UK, you can learn about the latest technologies and insight into the world of autonomous vehicles, while putting that into context by experiencing the technology in action in the demos.

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Booking available soon – Save the date 10 July 2018 at Daytona Milton Keynes, UK

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