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American Control Conference Self-Driving Car Student Competition

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Award Overview

At their algorithmic core, self-driving cars excel or are held back in their capacity for autonomy by their knowledge and understanding of the state of the environment surrounding the car. This, debatably, makes accurate sensor fusion and state estimation the most crucial element of a self-driving stack.   

The state estimation challenge has been approached by various companies using a wide variety of methods, from different sensor suites to the fusion of real-time sensor data with mapping and navigational databases. How that data is gathered, processed, and leveraged represents the grand challenge of self-driving and the motivation for Quanser to initiate the Self-Driving Student Competition at the American Control Conference.   

This initiative provides an excellent opportunity for students from around the globe to acquire leading-edge knowledge and develop critical problem-solving skills while also attracting and nurturing next-gen researchers. 

The entire competition is designed as a combination of virtual and on-site competitions, giving student teams the opportunity to fully engage with QCar and its digital twin, QLabs Virtual QCar 

While the details of the competition may vary from year to year, it has always been Quanser’s endeavour to perpetually support students’ continued progress and innovation in the field of Self-driving! 

Past and On-going Competitions


Toronto, Canada
Learn More!
We welcome all engineering faculty to encourage their students to participate in the Self-Driving Car Student Competition during the American Control Conference in Toronto, July 10 – 12, 2024.


San Diego, United States
Winning Team
The competition focused on applying the Quanser QCar in both real-world and virtual environments. Among the four participating universities, the Northeastern University Team achieved the highest score, showcasing exceptional object detection using a YOLOV4 object detector, Occupancy Grid map representation, and proficient key object identification and data summarization.

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