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Overview

The Challenge
Prototype autonomous vehicles are equipped with a wide variety of sensors to perceive the environment. Inputs from multiple optical, infrared, LIDAR and RADAR sensors are combined to help on-board computers identify elements in the environment and react accordingly. Such prototype vehicles are used extensively to develop and test new concepts for various technical problem areas, such as environment perception, localization and trajectory planning.When it comes to validating such concepts with the large number of situations they are likely to face in the real world, virtual/digital validation tools become necessary.

Participants in the challenge will compete to create simulated LIDAR point cloud data for any 3D object on the road. The generated point cloud should take into account the field of view of the LIDAR sensor and placement of the sensor on the vehicle. Input to the simulation will be provided in the form of an OpenDRIVE format file which specifies the road geometry and placement of elements on the road. A 3D model of the road will also be provided. The virtual road has multiple lanes, navigation markings, and various traffic signs along the route. For each position of the vehicle along the virtual road, the prototype must simulate the output data from the sensor at that point.

The simulation should perform a volumetric estimation of the objects on the road and generate LIDAR cloud points for each position of the vehicle along the road. The point cloud data output can be in JSON format, with spatial distribution of each point, and optionally the reflectivity of the surface. 

Inputs provided
1. Conceptual overview document explaining how the sensor is fitted on the car, the working principle and output.
2. Input and Output format specification, template code explaining calling and output conventions.
3. Virtual road 3D model
4. Virtual road specification in openDRIVE format

Online submission
As part of their submissions, participants are expected to include the following:
1. A write-up explaining the approach they’ve used to solve the problem
2. An algorithm/pseudo code explaining the simulation steps

Hackathon
Selected participants will be invited to hackathon sessions at Bangalore which will happen in two(2) stages. The objective of the sessions is to create a working simulation based on the inputs provided.

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Timeline
 
17 December, 2018
Program launch & Registration
 
28 December, 2018
Webinar1 for detailed discussion on the problem statement
 
04 January, 2019
Webinar2 for the followup discussion on the problem statement
 
10 January, 2019
Registration closes
 
19 January, 2019
Pre-Hackathon meet,Presentation & Shortlisting (Bangalore / 9AM-5PM )
 
26 January, 2019
Final Hackathon,Presentation & Shortlisting (Bangalore / 8AM-7PM )
 
17 December, 2018
Program launch & Registration
 
28 December, 2018
Webinar1 for detailed discussion on the problem statement
 
04 January, 2019
Webinar2 for the followup discussion on the problem statement
 
10 January, 2019
Registration closes
 
19 January, 2019
Pre-Hackathon meet,Presentation & Shortlisting (Bangalore / 9AM-5PM )
 
26 January, 2019
Final Hackathon,Presentation & Shortlisting (Bangalore / 8AM-7PM )
Awards
First (Cash Prize)
Rs.2,00,000
Second (Cash Prize)
Rs.1,50,000
Third (Cash Prize)
Rs.50,000
Other
Student Internship
Eligibility
Developers

Freelancers

Students

Mentor

Rajneesh Acharya

Senior Program Manager (MBRDI)

FAQ
  • How should I register for the challenge?
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    Register as a new user, by clicking the "APPLY" button in the portal. Registration is mandatory for participating in the program.
  • What is the eligibility for participation in Codeathon?
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    Codeathon is open for Students,Developers & Professionals.
  • What should be the team size?
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    It is open for Individuals & team. Each team can have a minimum of 2 & maximum of 3 members.
  • When and where the winners be declared?
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    Winners will be announced at the end of the codeathon event, which will be held on Saturday 26th Jan, 2019 in Bengaluru
  • Where will the final codeathon event be conducted?
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    The final codeathon event will be held in Bengaluru on Saturday 26 Jan 2019 .Pre-hackathon event will be held on 19 Jan 2019
  • Will the organisers take care of travel & accommodation for the codethon event (stage 1&2)?
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    No
  • Is the competition open for Daimler group employees?
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    Employees of the Daimler Group and consultants/externals working directly with Daimler Group are prohibited from participating.
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