Victor Tango AutoDrive is a team of students from Virginia Tech who is competing against other universities to design and build a fully autonomous vehicle. The team utilizes imaging systems, lidar, and processing algorithms to ensure that its vehicle can stay within lane lines, avoid pedestrians and other obstacles, and altogether safely navigate in an urban setting. Edmund Optics® (EO) is proud to sponsor Victor Tango AutoDrive and provide imaging lenses, cameras, and engineering support to help tackle the transportation challenges of tomorrow.
An estimated 1.25 million people are killed in traffic-related accidents every year, and between 20 and 50 million people are seriously injured.2 The adoption of autonomous vehicles promises to prevent accidents and reckless driving, thus making roads safer and saving lives. Self-driving cars are also expected to reduce traffic congestion and improve fuel efficiency by preventing accidents and optimizing acceleration and braking. Intel predicts that the autonomous vehicle industry will grow to $800 billion in 2035 and to $7 trillion in 2050.1
Victor Tango AutoDrive is part of the AutoDrive Challenge™, which tasks teams of undergraduates from eight universities with designing a fully autonomous passenger vehicle over the course of three years. Each team receives a Chevy Bolt and must autonomize it so that it can navigate in an urban setting and avoid both static and moving obstacles. The AutoDrive Challenge™ is sponsored by AE International and General Motors.
1 “Accelerating the Future: The Economic Impact of the Emerging Passenger Economy.” Strategy Analytics, Intel Corporation, June 2017.
2 “The High Toll of Traffic Injuries : Unacceptable and Preventable.” Open Knowledge Repository, World Bank Group, Dec. 2017, openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/29129.