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FS-AI challenges university teams to build and develop the driving systems to run a fully autonomous vehicle.

Teams compete in a trio of static events similar to the main FS competition, Design and Business Plan Presentation but with Cost & Manufacturing replaced by a Real-World Autonomous event where teams must demonstrate their understanding and practical solutions for the integration of autonomous vehicles as a future transport solution. In addition, teams must complete a series of autonomous missions, again mirroring the main FS competition, with Acceleration, Skid Pad, Sprint Track Drive (Endurance) events. These demonstrate teams’ technical knowledge and understanding as well as the effectiveness of their autonomous driving systems.

In keeping with the main objectives of Formula Student as an educational engineering competition, the FS-AI competition provides a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of autonomous systems engineers to gain the skills and experience that are highly desired by those in industry.

We organise two different FS-AI competition classes: Automated Driving System (ADS) and Dynamic Driving Task (DDT).

ADS: Teams compete with an autonomous car that they have developed and built completely themselves, such as previous competition entries from Starkstrom Augsburg and Team Bath Racing Electric. This is intended for experienced, multi-disciplined teams who are either developing existing FS cars to have driverless capabilities or vehicles they are building from scratch.

DDT: Teams can purchase a bespoke vehicle platform, the Autonomous Driving Systems – Dedicated Vehicle  (ADS-DV), which has been developed exclusively for the FS-AI competition. The vehicle is supplied ‘autonomous systems ready’ so that teams may select their own controller and sensors. This option removes the requirement to design and manufacture a vehicle, leaving teams free to focus on developing their software. There is also the option to have shared use of the prototype ADS-DV which is owned by the IMechE and has a PC and sensors already supplied.

As part of the government’s £100 million Intelligent Mobility Fund supporting the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, the FS-AI ADS-DV is part funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous vehicles (CCAV), delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.
As a key part of the UK’s Modern Industrial Strategy, the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge was announced to encourage and support the extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology, making the UK a world leader within the transport industries.
This includes facilitating profound change in how people, goods and services move within UK towns, cities and the countryside.
Working in partnership with industry, the Future of Mobility Grand challenge will help to deliver better journeys for all.


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April 2019

CCAV support confirmed

May 2019

Coventry University place order for ADS-DV with CCAV funding and funding from university

June 2019

Demonstration event with teams from Coventry University, Oxford Brooks and University of Edinburgh at HORIBA-MIRA, Nuneaton

July 2019

ADS-DV on display at CAV Cohort event at Goodwood Festival of Speed with Coventry University and Oxford Brookes teams represented
Teams from Coventry University, University of Bath, Oxford Brookes and University of Edinburgh compete in first formal competition at Formula Student 2019, competing in static events; Design, Real World Autonomous and Business Plan Presentation and dynamic events; 75m straight line acceleration, 500m sprint and 5km track drive at Silverstone Race Circuit, Northampton
Coventry’s vehicle unveiled at Silverstone

September 2019

Demonstration event with Coventry University and Oxford Brookes at LCV Cenex, Millbrook, Nuneaton

October 2019

Launch of 2020 competition at Learn To Win, The Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry

January 2020

Demonstration event to familiarise 2020 teams at Hypermotive, Lutterworth

March 2020

Demonstration event for 2020 teams at HORIBA-MIRA, Nuneaton

June 2020

Pre-competition test day for 2020 teams with partners GKN at HORIBA-MIRA, Nuneaton

July 2020

FS-AI 2020 competition at Silverstone Race Circuit, Northampton