Bosch help students to develop driverless race cars

Bosch is helping more than 30 teams develop and design their formula race cars and to put them into operation in the Formula Student Germany (FSG) competition. The company invited around 300 students from four countries to its Boxberg proving ground to prepare their vehicles for the competition on the Hockenheimring circuit. The support provided by Bosch mainly takes the form of hardware components, software, and expertise.
In FSG, students build their own race cars and compete against each other in the combustion, electric and driverless classes. Apart from driving tasks, the teams have to present a business plan and a marketing concept to a panel of judges. In the driverless competition class, 15 teams will this year be competing against each other in their automated race cars.

“In self-driving race cars, software plays the same key role as in modern driver assistance systems. In the area of connected mobility, software expertise is becoming especially important. Formula Student participants are thus ideally qualified for a successful career start. That is why we have been supporting Formula Student for ten years now,” said Bernhard Bihr, President, Bosch Engineering, a Bosch Group subsidiary that specializes in engineering services.

At the driving event in Boxberg, teams can test their vehicles under racing conditions, carry out safety checks, and fine-tune their race cars together with Bosch experts. From technical homologation to acceleration and endurance tests, the race cars will go through all the testing stages they have to pass at the competition itself in Hockenheim. As many as 115 teams will take part in the season’s opening contest in Hockenheim from August 8 to 13, 2017. Apart from the race series in Germany, other Formula Student competitions will take place around the world.

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