Tennessee native Benjamin “Ben” Perlin divides his time between numerous different hobbies and interests. He is a photographer, philanthropist, and engineering enthusiast. Benjamin Perlin belongs to the Middle Tennessee Robotics Club and helped build the electronics for a racecar for the Society of Automotive Engineers.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International, a global organization that promotes and develops automotive engineering and aerospace, recently announced a new competition focused on autonomous technology. Developed through a partnership with General Motors (GM), the competition is called the AutoDrive Challenge and is part of SAE International’s Collegiate Design Series. It will task college students with developing and demonstrating an autonomous driving passenger vehicle.
SAE International and GM plan to hold this competition over the course of three years. Up to 10 teams from universities will be asked to join the first AutoDrive Challenge competition and SAE International will announce these inaugural teams in April 2017. Participating students will receive a Chevrolet Bolt EV from GM to use as the platform for their vehicle and will develop cars that will allow for testing and modification. SAE International and GM hope that students will focus their designs on such technologies as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and vehicle sensors.