Turkey continues to encourage young people about autonomous cars, which are considered to be the vehicles of the future. TEKNOFEST, the world's largest Aviation, Space and Technology Festival, provides young people with competence in the field of autonomous vehicle technologies. The Robotaxi-Passenger Autonomous Vehicle Competition, organized as part of the festival, will witness the tough struggle of 36 teams this year. Young talents will showcase their skills in the races to be held in IT Valley, Turkey's technology and innovation hub, on 13-17 September.
Informatics Valley General Manager Serdar ibrahimcioğlu said that Informatics Valley was established for the projects of the National Technology Move that will change the world in the national and international arena. Stating that one of the focal areas of Informatics Valley is the development of the mobility ecosystem, İbrahimcioğlu said, “We have been hosting the Robotaxi autonomous vehicle races for the last two years.” said.
WE BUILD OUR RUNWAY
İbrahimcioğlu mentioned that the number of teams in the Robotaksi competition, which was 17 last year, increased to 36 this year, and said, “We also made our own track. Our young people are not only in the race, but also in other zamWe have built an area that they can use at any time. The number of teams is increasing almost 100 percent every year. In the coming years, we will find the 70s and 100s.” he said.
TWO SEPARATE CATEGORIES
Informatics Valley Ecosystem Development Office Director Tuba Öztepe said that they have changed the concept of the competition this year and that the races will be held in two separate categories.
Stating that they gave 7 ready vehicles to 3 different teams in the ready vehicle category, Öztepe said, "These vehicles have exactly the same features and are ready for autonomy. Teams come and install their software on the vehicles and run these vehicles with their own artificial intelligence.” said. Explaining that there are different designs in the original vehicle category, Öztepe said, “We have both 89 model vehicles and the latest model vehicles. They completely do everything themselves, the software, the hardware.” he said.
4 WEEKS CAMP
Stating that they gave the teams a period of 4 weeks, unlike the previous years, Öztepe said, “The teams came and used the track for 4 weeks. They tested the signs, the traffic lights, everything. They solved their problems. They actually set up a camp here. They worked together for a total of 14 hours, 600 hours a day.” said.
89 MODEL SPARO
Berat Cansız from the Karaelmas University Team said that they participated in the competition with the 1989 Sparrow, which they bought as scrap. Stating that they have made Serçe autonomous, Cansız said, “It has a camera in front of it, it reads the lanes on the road and follows the lanes. It moves the feature we have added extra with electricity. There are 6 batteries inside and it can provide movement for an hour with this battery.” he said.
5 SEASON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE
Emphasizing that the vehicle has a passenger capacity of 5 people, Cansız said, “So once a family gets in the car, they can easily go anywhere they want by marking them on the map.” said.
WE DEVELOPED OUR PARKING ALGORITHM
Sakarya University Team Captain Belemir Cross reminded that they won the first place in Robotaksi races last year and said, “After this first place we achieved, job opportunities were provided to the team members, especially from various companies in the defense and automotive industries. We continued to develop our vehicle in order to provide a better drive, especially in terms of software.” he said.
WE DESIGNED A UNIQUE VEHICLE
Bozok University Team Captain Fatmanur Ortataş stated that Robotaksi races add knowledge and experience to them and said, “We want to grow up as engineers who have gained knowledge and skills in this field. We made all the parts of our vehicle, including the shell, the battery management system in the chassis, the vehicle control system, autonomous software. We designed a unique vehicle with everything.” said.
AUTONOMOUS DRIVING ALGORITHMS
The robotaxis competition aims to develop the autonomous driving algorithms of young people. High school, associate degree, undergraduate, graduate students, graduates; You can participate individually or as a team. This year, teams are expected to perform various tasks autonomously in a real track environment in the races organized in the categories of unique vehicles and ready-made vehicles.
ROUTE REFLECTING CITY TRAFFIC
The final of the races, which will be held for the 4th time this year, will take place on 13-17 September in Bilişim Vadisi. The teams will demonstrate their autonomous driving performances on a track that reflects the urban traffic situation. Teams that fulfill the tasks of picking up passengers, dropping passengers, reaching the parking area, parking and following the correct route in accordance with the rules will be considered successful.