Researchers of autonomous vehicles often use their own test track and their own cars so therefore the organization of GCDC deliberately chose for a challenge on a public road using interactions with other (types and brands of) cars and the road surface.
During the challenge the teams were assessed using points on teamwork, communication and performance of three different traffic scenarios: automatic merging on the highway, cooperatively crossing an intersection and automatically making room for an emergency vehicle.
The teams were using trucks and regular passenger cars all equipped with dedicated hardware and software to communicate with other vehicles and the infrastructure such as traffic lights. Within the control room the GCDC organisation closely monitored the positions and speeds of the autonomous vehicles during the various scenarios to guarantee the safety of the teams.
The students of the winning team of Halmstad University acclaimed their extensive usage of the PreScan software for testing their automated vehicle in the various traffic scenarios. TASS International will follow up with the winning team to discuss their feedback and ideas.