Farnell and element14 Community sponsor University of Toronto’s student-led team for the AutoDrive Challenge™ II

Farnell to provide funding and electronic parts to “aUToronto,” one of ten teams across the U.S. competing in the SAE/GM challenge to build a Level 4 autonomous vehicle

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Farnell and its element14 Community have proudly signed on as a platinum sponsor of aUToronto, the University of Toronto’s student-led self-driving car team, as they compete in the SAE/GM AutoDrive Challenge™ II. Farnell and element14 Community will provide funding and electronic parts over two years as an ADC II Hardware Sponsor to assist the aUToronto team in building their autonomous vehicle capable of navigating complex environments by 2025.

aUToronto took first place in the first AutoDrive Challenge series (2018-2021), where they successfully converted a Chevrolet Bolt EV into a self-driving car.  This second series (AutoDrive Challenge II) encourages participating university teams to develop and demonstrate an autonomous vehicle (AV) that can navigate urban driving courses as described by SAE Standard (J3016™) Level 4 automation. aUToronto’s team from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has already taken the top spot overall in the first competition of the four-year AutoDrive Challenge II. The achievement by aUToronto continues an impressive winning streak for the team.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of what the aUToronto team of university students are doing for this impressive SAE/GM AutoDrive Challenge II,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media for element14. “This intercollegiate competition presents no small task and we are in a unique position to provide mentoring and support from our global element14 Community and a wide selection of needed parts from Farnell’s vast catalog. In the upcoming challenges students will need to o demonstrate knowledge and expertise across 2D, 3D, light, lane and radar object detection, and perception tracking alongside leadership in overall system safety testing and operations.  We couldn’t be prouder of the incredible creativity and effort made by this exceptional group of students.”

element14 Community will also be providing regular updates on their website regarding aUToronto’s accomplishments and success throughout the coming year.

Learn more: Meet the aUToronto Team | Read the Team’s Mission | Learn more about the AutoDrive Challenge II


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