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Autodrive

ϲʹ, one of the eight North American schools selected to participate in the first AutoDrive Challenge, is actively engaged in the ongoing AutoDrive Challenge II. This participation places students at the forefront of cutting-edge technological advancements in the realm of autonomous vehicle development.

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AutoDrive II 2023

Kettering AutoDrive Team Earns Third Place in Mobility Innovation at AutoDrive II Challenge

The ϲʹ AutoDrive team, Bulldog Bolt, wrapped up its second year of competition this month, finishing third in Mobility Innovation.

The team and its Chevy Bolt EV competed June 4-10 at MCity in Ann Arbor. The four-year competition, sponsored by SAE International and General Motors, tasks 10 teams with developing and demonstrating a completely autonomous-driving passenger vehicle. Each year, the competition builds on the next by adding more challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on the time of the sub-team you choose. Subteam leads will send out a meeting planner to determine the best time for everyone to meet.

To be an active group member, students are expected to commit at least 2 hours per week.

Hands-on Experience: Participation in the AutoDrive team provides students with practical, hands-on experience in designing, building, and testing autonomous vehicles. This experience is invaluable for students pursuing careers in the automotive industry or related fields.

Skills Development: Team members have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, including programming, robotics, electronics, mechanical engineering, and project management.

Networking: Joining the AutoDrive team allows you to connect with like-minded peers, professors, and industry professionals.

Professional Growth: Besides technical skills, being a part of a competitive engineering team teaches leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Access to Resources: Being a part of a university-affiliated team often means access to resources such as funding, workspace, tools, and equipment that may not be available to individual students.

Resume Enhancement: Involvement in a prestigious project like AutoDrive can make your resume stand out to potential employers. It demonstrates your commitment to real-world engineering challenges and can give you an edge in job applications.

Competitions and Recognition: Many SAE AutoDrive teams participate in competitions and receive recognition for their achievements. Winning or participating in these events can boost team morale and add prestige to your university and personal portfolio.

Impactful Projects: AutoDrive teams work on cutting-edge technologies related to autonomous vehicles, which have the potential to revolutionize the automotive industry and improve road safety. Contributing to such projects can be personally fulfilling and make a positive impact on society.

Mentorship: AutoDrive teams often have experienced faculty advisors and industry mentors who provide guidance and support. These mentors can offer valuable insights and help you navigate your academic and career path. We also have three mentors dedicated to the Kettering Bulldog Bolt team to assist with competitions (GM, MathWorks, Intel).

Fun and Camaraderie: Working on exciting projects with motivated individuals can be enjoyable. The camaraderie and shared passion for technology can make your university experience more fulfilling.

  • What time do you meet?

    It depends on the time of the sub-team you choose. Subteam leads will send out a meeting planner to determine the best time for everyone to meet.

  • How much time does this team require?

    To be an active group member, students are expected to commit at least 2 hours per week.

  • What are the benefits of being a part of the team?

    Hands-on Experience: Participation in the AutoDrive team provides students with practical, hands-on experience in designing, building, and testing autonomous vehicles. This experience is invaluable for students pursuing careers in the automotive industry or related fields.

    Skills Development: Team members have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, including programming, robotics, electronics, mechanical engineering, and project management.

    Networking: Joining the AutoDrive team allows you to connect with like-minded peers, professors, and industry professionals.

    Professional Growth: Besides technical skills, being a part of a competitive engineering team teaches leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.

    Access to Resources: Being a part of a university-affiliated team often means access to resources such as funding, workspace, tools, and equipment that may not be available to individual students.

    Resume Enhancement: Involvement in a prestigious project like AutoDrive can make your resume stand out to potential employers. It demonstrates your commitment to real-world engineering challenges and can give you an edge in job applications.

    Competitions and Recognition: Many SAE AutoDrive teams participate in competitions and receive recognition for their achievements. Winning or participating in these events can boost team morale and add prestige to your university and personal portfolio.

    Impactful Projects: AutoDrive teams work on cutting-edge technologies related to autonomous vehicles, which have the potential to revolutionize the automotive industry and improve road safety. Contributing to such projects can be personally fulfilling and make a positive impact on society.

    Mentorship: AutoDrive teams often have experienced faculty advisors and industry mentors who provide guidance and support. These mentors can offer valuable insights and help you navigate your academic and career path. We also have three mentors dedicated to the Kettering Bulldog Bolt team to assist with competitions (GM, MathWorks, Intel).

    Fun and Camaraderie: Working on exciting projects with motivated individuals can be enjoyable. The camaraderie and shared passion for technology can make your university experience more fulfilling.

AutoDrive Challenge

SAE International and General Motors (GM) have partnered to headline sponsor AutoDrive Challenge™, the latest of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series.

This autonomous vehicle competition tasks students to develop and demonstrate a full autonomous driving passenger vehicle. The technical goal of the competition is to navigate an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE Standard (J3016) level 4 definition.

ϲʹ is participating in the competition alongside the following schools:

  • Queens University
  • Penn State University - University Park
  • The Ohio State University
  • ϲʹ Technical University
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • University of Toronto
  • Virginia Tech

ϲʹ Involvement

ϲʹ’s campus is equipped with the infrastructure and faculty expertise to develop the next generation of autonomous vehicle technologies.

Infrastructure

Kettering is the only college campus in the country with an industry-standard proving ground. The facility includes a low-speed road course with elevation and surface changes, a 3.25 acre test pad built to race track performance specifications and other features aimed at creating diverse testing environments. A garage facility includes automotive bays, conference and office space and indoor lab space.

Faculty Expertise

Faculty in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science collaboratively developed the goals, objectives and opportunities for current and future Kettering students to participate in the AutoDrive Challenge.

This challenge puts Kettering students at the forefront of technological innovation related to the development of autonomous vehicles, connects them with a network of scholars and peers from the nation’s elite schools who are attempting to solve similar challenges and provides access to national workshops hosted by SAE International.

  • The AutoDrive Challenge

    AutoDrive Challenge

    SAE International and General Motors (GM) have partnered to headline sponsor AutoDrive Challenge™, the latest of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series.

    This autonomous vehicle competition tasks students to develop and demonstrate a full autonomous driving passenger vehicle. The technical goal of the competition is to navigate an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE Standard (J3016) level 4 definition.

    ϲʹ is participating in the competition alongside the following schools:

    • Queens University
    • Penn State University - University Park
    • The Ohio State University
    • ϲʹ Technical University
    • North Carolina A&T University
    • Texas A&M University
    • University of Wisconsin - Madison
    • University of Toronto
    • Virginia Tech
  • ϲʹ Involvement

    ϲʹ Involvement

    ϲʹ’s campus is equipped with the infrastructure and faculty expertise to develop the next generation of autonomous vehicle technologies.

    Infrastructure

    Kettering is the only college campus in the country with an industry-standard proving ground. The facility includes a low-speed road course with elevation and surface changes, a 3.25 acre test pad built to race track performance specifications and other features aimed at creating diverse testing environments. A garage facility includes automotive bays, conference and office space and indoor lab space.

    Faculty Expertise

    Faculty in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science collaboratively developed the goals, objectives and opportunities for current and future Kettering students to participate in the AutoDrive Challenge.

  • Benefits to Students

    This challenge puts Kettering students at the forefront of technological innovation related to the development of autonomous vehicles, connects them with a network of scholars and peers from the nation’s elite schools who are attempting to solve similar challenges and provides access to national workshops hosted by SAE International.

Contact The Team

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Diane Peters
dpeters@kettering.edu

Team Leader
Kevin Patterson
patt6416@kettering.edu

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