The contest, organized by Freescale Semiconductor India in collaboration with CEDT, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), required the teams of undergraduate engineering students to develop a prototype racing car that can automatically identify a track and run. Freescale provides the car kit and development tools to the students. The car that completes the race with best performance wins the competition.
In a close finish, HORS-BORDS from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology (SVNIT), Surat, emerged as the winner. The team comprising of Atul Jariwala, Amit Tank, Vivek Kholia completed the 30 metre-track in 25.68 seconds. They got a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000.Team MCIS from Manipal Centre of Information Science and Team Vishwa from SVNIT, Surat, followed in the second and third positions, winning Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 respectively. The consolation prizes went The Nebulae from BMS College of Engineering, Team XLNC from Thapar University, Team BMS Races from BMS College of Engineering. The teams who qualified for the final got a merit certificate.
Umanand L, professor, CEDT, IISc, said that the competition aimed to address the lacunae between theory and application of academics. “Most students are good at the theory aspects but when it comes to problem solving, they stumble. Hence, we want to give them a challenge which will make them use their theoretical skills,” he said. The preparation time involved around 2-3 months. Students need to be in tune with processors, embedded systems, and controls, among others. “There are multiple domains that come into the picture, and students just need to learn to apply what they have leant in their regular course,” Umanand said.
The model car race contest had 127 teams compared to 99 teams in the first edition held in 2010 in India.
Such contests are indeed very important to encourage practical understanding of automotive engineering among students. Hope in the next edition the number of participants further increases.
Watch the winning team: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj_uA2UxWqg