NXP India has hosted the ‘Smart Car Race Design Challenge 2021’ in association with TOS (Time of Sport), an India-based University Engagement Group & India Licensee for F1 Car Races in Schools.
The Smart Car Race Design Challenge is the first competition organized under NXP’s flagship platform ‘Artificial Intelligence In Mobility’ (AIM), launched exclusively for Indian university engineering students in January 2021.
While congratulating the winners, Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and India Country Manager, NXP Semiconductors said, “It was amazing to see how young innovators have shown interest in learning the dynamics of new-age technologies like AI/ML and craft innovative prototypes. The Smart Car Race Design Challenge will open up the horizon for engineering students who are looking to explore the integration of cutting-edge technologies towards a specific application focus in the emerging smart world. The participants demonstrated tremendous team efforts and made the challenge success with the direction and training provided by a team of experts from NXP.”
In his address, Lars Reger, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NXP Semiconductors said “NXP has always been focused on driving innovation in collaboration with industry, academia, and society. Smart and Autonomous cars are the future of mobility and initiatives like these will help in preparing students for the automotive space. Interestingly, challenges like these will encourage innovation, imbibing skills like team management which will further open career opportunities. I hope that thousands of students in India would join us in similar challenges in the future as well and helps solve the emerging technology and application-focused problems with fun and collaboration”.
Yashraj Singh, Founder & CEO- Time of Sports said, “Super excited & proud to conclude the gala nationals of India’s first-ever challenge based on Artificial Intelligence in Mobility. The participation, the enthusiasm, the hunger to go beyond by all our talented participants has geared us up for the bigger, the better, the groundbreaking Season 2. Stay tuned.”
Smart Car Race Design Challenge is the first tech competition on AIM platform focusing on the most up-to-date technologies such as AI/ML Algorithm, Sign-Recognition, Sensor, Motion Detection, Computer Vision, Image Processing, etc. Students were invited to create a car prototype and race it on virtual tracks on a Gazebo simulator avoiding dynamic obstacles like moving cars, walking human beings, signal for start-stop, etc.
The event was honored by some of the known Industry veterans – BK Panigrahi, IIT Delhi; Neeta Pandey, DTU; SS Solanki, BIT Mesra; Prof. P.V.M Rao, IIT Delhi; Clara Otero Perez, NXP Semiconductors; Shashank Sharma, Jaguar Land Rover; Manish Gupta, Rezo.AI and Matthias Wilkens, NXP Semiconductors were the members of the jury for the grand finale.