Autonomous Vehicle Challenge Details

We are looking for new high school teams to participate in the High School Autonomous Challenge. A competition sponsored by Ford Motor Company, The MathWorks, and NXP Semiconductors to attract students to STEM fields and introduce students to the technologies that will be used to develop the advanced vehicles of the future.

What You Get

  • A NXP KL25Z Microcontroller with Motor Driver Board
  • Industry Standard MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink software
  • NXP Cup Race Car Chassis/Kit
  • Oval Practice Track
  • A laptop with all software installed and ready to run.
  • Mounting hardware
  • Rose-Hulman technical support.
  • Student exposure to MathWorks and NXP engineering tools and processes.
  • Team meetings with industry representatives to discuss your team’s design at competition.

What You Must Do:

  • Assemble a team with a minimum of 5 high school students. Each team must contain at least one female or minority student.(Schools that have an all-female/all-minority team can receive support for more than one team.)
  • Assemble the vehicle kit mechanically.
  • Learn how to program the NXP KL25Z with MathWorks Simulink to implement autonomous vehicle algorithms similar to those used by Ford Motor Company.
  • Compete in the Autonomous Vehicle Challenge to be held on 13 March 2020 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
  • Participate in surveys to measure the impact of this program on student interest in STEM fields.
  • (Optional) Participate as a joint author in a paper documenting the impact of this program.

The Competition

This competition is an extension of the NXP Cup /Intelligent Car Racing competition – an International university level competition where teams of undergraduate and graduate students program a microcontroller to follow a track autonomously. We are adapting this competition to high school level students to attract those students to STEM fields. These students will use tools developed by MathWorks and NXP to implement the same engineering processes adopted by Ford Motor Company to design advanced technology vehicles.

Competition Date:

March 13, 2020 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


See 2020 competition results here.

2019 REsults

See 2019 competition results here.

Related Links

MathWorks Site for the Rose-Hulman High School Autonomous Vehicle Challenge
MathWorks Racing Lounge
MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink Primary and Secondary School Competitions Hub
NXP NXP Autonomous Intellegent Car Racing

High School Manual

This manual is available for instructors and students. The manual is fairly autonomous so that students can follow it independently. (An autonomous manual for autonomous students participating in an autonomous vehicle competition.)

Competition Software

Click here to request a software license for this competition from The MathWorks.

Software Installation for R2017b

This software is for new installations only. Do not install this software on the computers that came with your vehicle kits. THis software is only provided in case you want to install software on additional computers.

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