Mini Self-Driving Cars Race at MIT
Mini self-driving cars race through tunnels at MIT. Watch the fastest car in the group and one that repeatedly crashes.
In what has to be the best college class ever, students at MIT learned how to program algorithms for self-driving cars during a four-week Independent Activities Period (IAP) course called Rapid Autonomous Complex-Environment Competing Ackermann-steering Robot (RACECAR).
The vehicles used in the RACECAR course featured a high-performance NVIDIA Jetson Tegra K1 embedded computer, a rich sensor suite to perceive the environment, the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS), and student-developed autonomy algorithms to navigate MIT’s tunnels.
The mini cars happened to be on a 1:10 scale, and the students were tasked with building the fastest robotic car possible. The winning vehicle had a near-perfect run of 49.64 seconds at an average speed of 7.1 mph. Three out of four teams successfully completed the 515-foot race course.
Check out the video of the winning vehicle below. And if you want to see a self-driving car crash repeatedly (who doesn’t), skip ahead to the 2:40 mark.