Continental hosts 26th AV student competition

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Continental is sponsoring the 26th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) from June 1-4 at Oakland University. The competition brings together 200 STEM and robotics students from 45 schools in the USA, Japan and India to design, construct and operate an autonomous vehicle.

The teams of undergraduate and graduate students are asked to design and build an autonomous ground vehicle to complete several challenges at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Based on the observations of a four-strong judging panel and a series of on-site interviews, three applicants will be awarded an automated driving kit that includes the building blocks necessary for developing an automated driving robot for student off-road competitions.

Included in the kits are six automotive long-range radars with radar data image interface, four surround-view cameras, media converters, interface cables, as well as technical specifications and guidelines.

On average, Continental’s Detroit campus hires 90 interns each year to work with various business units and departments across the globe. They work on industry projects, participate in an internship mentoring program, and are offered compensation, paid time off and holidays.

“We take pride in our internship program,” said Mary Reardon, head of talent acquisition. “More than half of our interns transition to full-time employment with Continental upon graduation. Through our program benefits and flexible working environment, we demonstrate we’re a large company with an entrepreneurial spirit, which is attractive to top talent.”

“At Continental, we take pride in the innovative technology we develop and want to share it with participating IGVC students,” said Jeremy McClain, director of chassis & safety systems and technology, Continental North America.

“Through our automated driving kits, students will have the opportunity to work with Continental technology to build award-winning intelligent vehicles for use in their next robotics competition. We stay committed to providing the automotive industry with groundbreaking technology, which begins with equipping tomorrow’s engineers with the tools they need to change the future of mobility.”

By Illya Verpraet

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