University of Hawaii

Autonomous Vehicle Team

"High-speed racing with fascinatingly advanced technology"

About the Racin' Warriors

The University of Hawai’i Autonomous Vehicle Team has grown out of the UH-Maui collage class taught in the spring of 2020 in Autonomous Vehicle Technology.

The AVT Class focused on giving Maui students a hands-on and knowledge-based learning experience in both Autonomous Vehicle Technology structures and also on building scaled autonomous vehicles. Some of our scaled vehicles and class pics are here.

What is Autonomous Racing?

No driver, just software. Driverless vehicles, autonomous go-karts, and the vehicles of tomorrow.

Autonomous racing is the ultimate engineering challenge. The driver is replaced with a variety of sensors that act as the eyes and ears of the vehicle, feeding the data to a control algorithm that students develop and tune. Machine learning (artificial intelligence) is often used to interpret sensor data.

INITIATIVES

UHMC AVT team put together an application to compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge. The IAC is a $1.5M autonomous racing vehicle competition to be run in October 2021. The UHMC team qualified for the competition based on its notable efforts and is working on meeting the Round 2 qualifications using its continuing work in the autonomous evKart being built for the evGrandPrix. As this competition is a significantly greater challenge the UH-MC team is collaborating with the UH-Manoa robotics lab team to form the UH Autonomous Vehicle Team Ohana.

As part of the UH AVT class the goal was to pull together the resources to allow the class (team) to put together a human scale autonomous vehicle based on an evKart to compete in the 2020 Purdue sponsored international competition for racing an evKart in the Autonomous Masters division. evgrandprix.org/autonomous/ In preparing for that competition the team acquired a base evKart from TopKart (topkartusa.net/ ) and begin working toward building out the autonomous capability. They successfully qualified for the 2020 evGrandPrix only for it to be canceled due to Covid. The AVT Team is further accepted for the 2021 competition event in Indianapolis next April. See our progress on the “How are we doing” page.

Last year UHMC built its first dedicated and formal course on Autonomous Vehicle Technology. The course was UH-MC ETRO293v – Autonomous Vehicle Technologies. The focus of the course was to build up undergraduate students’ knowledge of the many elements of autonomous vehicle design and operation as well as give the students additional hands-on experience using their knowledge from other UH-MC classes. At the core was an emphasis on addressing autonomous racing considerations and pushing the envelope on the software and hardware used in autonomous vehicles. The Class is proposed for Spring 2021 and will move from Jetson Racers to much more sophisticated F1Tenth vehicles and give the students a chance to participate on both virtual as well as actual track events. We plan also to add a possible intern or two from a local high school under a “fast start program”.

SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS

The UH Autonomous Vehicle Team proudly counts on the support of a number of industry leaders and local community sources.

Some of these are: New Eagle LLC (DbW), ADlink (Compute processors and ROS2 support), Luxonis (Camera and Neural Networking), Xsens (GNSS/RTK/IMU), Emlid (GNSS/RTK), RockWestComposites (Composite Mat’ls) and many others.

Beyond the amazing support for the University of Hawai’i we locally we have the support of the Maui Autonomous Vehicle Club (MAVC), St. Anthony STEM program, VectorAero LLC and many others. We look to add to this list.

Mahalo to all our sponsors and supporters

WHAT ARE WE UP TO

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IMPORTANT DATES

Sept 12-21, 2020

IAC Hack-a-thon

The UH-AVTteam will be heads down preparing for the IAC hack-a-thon in September. This will challenge IAC qualified teams to demonstrate their ability to get up to speed in the IAC Indy-Lights simulator and show their skills at creating and controlling a Simulated Racing vehicle.

Nov 22, 2020

Autonomous demonstration video due...

As part of their preparing for the Purdue evGrandPrix for next year the team will demonstrate the evKart on a real track in autonomous mode.