WATonomous Joins SAE AutoDrive Challenge

On April 5th, 2017, WATonomous was selected to represent the University of Waterloo as participants in the SAE AutoDrive Challenge. This new interdisciplinary opportunity has students competing in a 3-year competition against 7 other schools in North America to transform a donated Chevrolet Bolt EV into a fully autonomous vehicle. The competition’s technical goal is navigating an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE Standard (J3016) level 4 definition by Year 3.

The other 7 universities include: Kettering University, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech, North Carolina A&T University, Texas A&M University, University of Toronto, Virginia Tech

Year 1

Focuses on concept selection by having us become familiar with sensing and computation software. We will be tasked with the completion of a concept design written paper as well as simple missions for on-site evaluation. These simple missions can include straight roadway driving and object avoidance/detection. The Year 1 final competition will be hosted at GM’s Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona.

Year 2

We will refine our concept selections into solid system developments and will have more challenging dynamic events for testing on-site, including dynamic object detection and multiple lane changing.

Year 3

Will culminate with final validation of our design and concept refinement. Our autonomous car will navigate complex objectives of on-site testing, including higher speeds, roundabouts and moving object detection.

Visit the official post by GM and the University of Waterloo for more information​.


What’s New:

We're recruiting for Winter 2018!

Join us in taking on one of the greatest engineering challenges of our time. Lots of positions open in both technical and business roles. Apply here: watonomous.ca/winter-2018-signup/

Application tip: We really value hard working, passionate people who apply to us. Tell us what excites you!
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