Student Benefits and Objectives

Student Benefits

  • Aligns with Smart Mobility thrust in OSU’s Office of Research.
  • Volunteer research opportunities at grad and under grad level.
  • Let UG students access AV technology from the very beginning.
  • Focus on inclusive excellence- creating opportunities for underrepresented student(s)
  • Hand-on training opportunities from industrial partners of the program
  • Prepare and equip student for upcoming job market
  • Competitive skills/job advantage over graduates of other universities.


The AutoDrive Challenge develops the next generation of autonomous vehicle engineering professionals through a keen focus on:

  • Sensing and perception technologies
  • Simulation
  • Integration of AV compute platform
  • Software development
  • Deep learning
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Sensor fusion
  • Navigation and mission planning
  • Autonomous vehicle controls 

Competition Objectives:

Focal Design Elements 

  • Autonomous Vehicle Compute Platform 
  • Sensing – LiDAR, RADAR, Camera, GPS 
  • Image processing 
  • Functional Safety 
  • Simulation 
  • Vehicle CAN Communications 
  • Map utilization for navigation 
  • Localization 
  • Mission and route planning 
  • Vehicle Control 
  • Project Planning 

Technical Objectives:

4 years- Industry style vehicle development process for demonstrating SAE J3016 Level 4 AV

technical objectives

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