Embedded World to feature student racing car competition

Student-designed model racing car

The third Renesas MCU Car Rally competition will take place on student day at next month’s Embedded World in Nuremberg. To participate, students must develop a functioning toy racing car based on electronic components and software from Renesas.

The competition attracts students from universities all over Europe.

The 2017 competition marks the first time that Renesas will hand out an Innovation Award for the team that adds the most creative and advanced enhancements to the microcontroller-based model car in terms of design, construction, technology, ecology and performance. For example, students may swap the sensor that guides the car along the track for a camera.

Since the first rally in 2015, the participation has grown from 16 teams and 96 students to 30 teams and 150 students. They worked on their designs for a full semester in preparation for this year’s race.

The competition gives final-year engineering students the opportunity to develop a real product using the latest microcontrollers. The 30 teams include students from universities in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and the UK.

Renesas is organising the rally with UK-based And Technology Research, which is providing technical support.

“We are extremely proud to be part of such an exciting community project by providing support to the teams,” says Valerie Lynch, CEO of And Technology Research. “The students’ works are truly creative and technically sophisticated. In turn they inspire us to expand the challenge and introduce new features.”

For many participating teams, the event has become a highlight in their year. Their colleges and universities consider the students’ works on the rally cars as bona fide coursework, so professors award the students points for the completed project that count towards their degree.

“This competition excites us every year and we’re always very impressed with the students’ technical skills, creativity and professionalism,” said Andrea Nuyken, project manager of the MCU Car Rally at Renesas Electronics. “It also gives us the opportunity to meet some of tomorrow’s top engineering talent in Europe.”

Student day is held on the last day of the show and attracts more than 1000 students every year.



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