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:

Cooperation and hard work compose our car's body. Innovation and technology pave the way for autonomous cars.

We are excited to partner with Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference and learn more from Canada's experts in technology! During the conference, we'll be showing off some of the cool things we've been doing! Come and join us at this year's CUTC by applying at: cutc.ca/apply ! #CUTC #WATonomous
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CUTC Ignite 2018

May 5, 2018, 11:00am - May 6, 2018, 4:00pm

Engineer, designer, entrepreneur, product peep, data ninja or transitioning to tech? CUTC is how you level up: - WIN BIG with $5000 in prizes for competitions in Crypto & Data - LEARN BIGGER with 20+ speakers from Palantir, 8VC, LinkedIn, Reddit, Shopify, Wealthsimple & more! - GET HIRED by showcasing your talent through the Tech Expo, Maker Fair, Startup Stage and Ignite Fiesta - JOIN A COMMUNITY with 250 of the most passionate go-getters across Canada! - FREE accommodations & subsidized travel for out-of-town attendees Experience “Silicon Valley North” IRL! APPLY to attend by 11:59pm, March 25 @ cutc.ca/ Hit 'Interested' to stay updated & win giveaways! cutc.ca/fb ELIGIBILITY ------------ If you’re currently in Grade 12 of high school, at an accredited institution pursuing a Bachelors/Masters/PhD, or dropped out/graduated within the past year - we’d love to have you! (unlike what our name says… 😒) If you’re not quite any of those but rather a student of life, while we appreciate that (!), our sponsors probably wouldn’t be too happy. 🙈 DETAILS --------- 🎤SPEAKERS: Get up close with Canada's best in tech. Meet Silicon Valley’s hottest founders and inspirational creators. HEAR FROM INDUSTRY PIONEERS Joe Lonsdale: Co-founder, Palantir & 8VC Manish Kothari: President, SRI Ventures (where Siri was born!) Chris Wormald: ex-VP at Blackberry, Co-Creator of BBM Dave Caputo: Former CEO and Co-Founder, Sandvine (AKA network intelligence beast) David Lennie: SVP Data and Analytics at Shopify & Ex-Director of Data Science, Netflix HEAR FROM TECHNOLOGY LEADERS Alex Moore: Operating Partner, 8VC & ex-Director of Operations at Palantir Bhasker Ghosh: ex-VP of Engineering, LinkedIn & Founder, NerdWallet Brent Reynolds: Managing Vice-President, Capital One Milos Dunjic: Associate Vice President, Payments Innovation, TD An Tran: Director, Wealthsimple Quebec Brian Zubert: Director, Thomson Reuters Labs HEAR FROM DESIGN INNOVATORS Sherryl Tarnaske: CXO, Focus21 Beth Coleman: Director, UW’s Critical Media Lab 💼 TECH EXPO: Meet folks from the top tech companies around! Land your next gig. 🎨 MAKER FAIR: Inspire your peers & wow other delegates with a side project. Show the latest from your Club/Design team. 📈 STARTUP STAGE: Working on a startup? Pitch your company and get feedback. Find a co-founder or land a mentor. 🎶 IGNITE FIESTA: Unleash the singer / dancer / musician / magician / comedian / performer in you. Gather feedback from a supportive crowd! 👋COFFEE CHATS: Get to know other delegates and have 1-1s with speakers and sponsors unlike any other event. ACCOMMODATIONS --------------------- Don’t have a place to crash? We gotchu fam. We've hooked up with UWaterloo Residences to offer FREE housing to most delegates, with preference to those of ya coming from far and wide. 🛏️ TRANSPORTATION ------------------- We're also working hard to get you buses and/or subsidies for transport to/from Waterloo, and hope to be able to cover some of your costs. Stay tuned for updates! 🚌 VENUE ------- After 19 years, we’re bringing CUTC back to where it started. The Silicon Valley of the North. Come explore the tech mecca of Canada with our venue partner Communitech, in the heart of KW. HOW TO ATTEND? ------------------- While we’d love to host all of you, fire code regulations limit us to 250 delegates this year. Hence, we’ve put together a simple application process. We want to hear your story and learn more about how CUTC can help get you to the next level! Get your homie(s) together, apply with a friend to increase your chances! It takes less than 10 mins, pinky promise. 🙏 Tickets for admitted delegates cost $30 (or $25 each if you apply with a friend!). Good things happen to those who (don’t) wait! 😉 We hope to C U @ CUTC! 😎 [APPLY at cutc.ca/apply] *Applications CLOSE on March 25, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. **Acceptances are sent out on a rolling basis with guidelines on how to secure your spot! ***All applicants will be notified by April 1, 2018. If you have any questions, we’re just a DM away on our Facebook page!

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Here at WATonomous, women play a important role in helping the team achieve its goals and we want them to play an even larger role in the coming future. We have amazing women on our team and one of them is one of the team captains, Ella Rasmussen, who played a significant role in the conception of WATonomous. When asked what she is most proud of as a woman in STEM, she answered:

"Being able to manage a large scale of people is something that I wouldn't have learned anywhere else. And that is something I am most proud of my time here at WATonomous." --Ella Rasmussen
#InternationalWomensDay #WATonomous
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Today, our team had the incredible opportunity to talk to the Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan about innovative applications of autonomous technology, the rise of women in STEM, and the future of scientific investment in Canada.

"I call challenges 'speed bumps'. You gotta figure out a way over them, or around them." --Minister Duncan

Over the past few months, our members worked together to overcome the "speed bumps", and are increasingly ready to take on the Year 1 challenge this April in Arizona. Thank you Minister Duncan, for giving us the chance to showcase our work, and for your valuable advice to women in STEM! #WomenInSTEM #CanadaSupportsScience #WATonomous #UW
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I am live at the University of Waterloo Student Design Centre and very excited to meet Ella Rasmussen, a software engineering student, who is part of a team developing an autonomous vehicle. Follow along to learn more about Ella's work and to hear our chat about Budget 2018, basic research, diversity in science and early career researchers. Ask your questions for myself and Ella in the comments section. Je suis en direct du centre de design étudiant de l'Université de Waterloo et je suis très contente de rencontrer Ella Rasmussen, une étudiante de génie logiciel, qui fait partie d'une équipe qui développe un véhicule autonome. Suivez-nous pour apprendre davantage sur le travail d'Ella et pour écouter notre discussion sur le Budget 2018, la recherche fondamentale, la diversité dans les sciences et les chercheurs en début de carrière.

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