Sense Media took over yet another unique venue this week with their Self Driving Track Days event. Incorporating a programme of introductory and intermediate workshop content, with a technology exhibition and a self-driving car demonstration, attendees enjoyed some lively discussion and in-depth learning in an informal setting.
Sponsors Dataspeed, Hexagon Positioning Intelligence and Intrepid kicked off the introductory workshop session with presentations on how to build a self-driving car, GNSS, navigation and vehicle networking technology. This provided attendees with the background to the technology they would see in action later in the day in taking in some laps of the karting track in Dataspeed’s demo vehicle.
“The technical expertise was great, and riding in a driverless car first hand really made the event special” James Underwood, SFA
Alongside this introductory session, attendees were getting to grips with functional safety for autonomous vehicles, with Intel and robotics and localisation technologies with Lounis Chermak from Cranfield University.
Attendees also took plenty of time out from the workshops for networking and Event Director, Hayley Marsden, noted that “there was already a great buzz about the event by the first networking break, the workshop leaders were providing a lot of food for thought for attendees and these discussions continued outside of the seminar rooms into the networking area”
Following on from a lunchtime discussion session on driver monitoring with Loughborough University, interactivity was a strong focus in the afternoon sessions of the day, and Valentina Donzella from the Intelligent Vehicles Group at WMG had attendees standing up in small working groups and there was a lot of energy amongst these participants.
“Attending as a Mechanical Design Engineer, I wasn’t too sure how much I’d get out of the day, however the workshops and team activities got me thinking and learning about subjects I’d not previously experienced, such as sensors and GNSS” Tom Clark, The Seat Design Company
In the adjacent room, attendees were getting hands on with Deep Neural Networks in a web-based session led by Sander van Dijk of Parkopedia.
The third workshop leader of the afternoon, Madelina Cheah of Horiba Mira, both joined as a participant to the morning sessions and led a session on Automotive Cybersecurity and commented that “It was definitely a really informative and interesting day”.
To round off a day of learning about how to let cars do all the driving, attendees were able to put their own driving skills to the test, in a go-karting competition. With 16 karts on the track, and a strong competitive dynamic forming amongst participants, the two-legged competition had a clear winner, and our congratulations go out to Arnout Koelewijn of Xsens.
Watch a video from the Autonomous Vehicle Demonstrations taken by Daytona Karting