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UC Davis ‘Team Dinky’ Wins National Freescale Cup Autonomous Model Car Competition

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May 3, 2015

‘Team Dinky’, composed of ECE undergraduate students Sam Dawson, Andrew Chung, and Justin Laguardia (left to right), raced their autonomous model car to the finish line to claim the North America Freescale Cup Championship this past weekend at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The top teams from the three US regional competitions met in a race to determine which team advances to the Worldwide Freescale Cup. The finalists were from the University of Rhode Island (Eastern Region), the University of Texas, San Antonio (Central Region), and UC Davis (Western Region).  Team Dinky aggressively sped through the racetrack to secure a dominant victory.

In April, Team Dinky qualified for the North America Freescale Cup during Picnic Day at UC Davis when they won the Western Region competition out of a field of 18 teams. After the North America Freescale Cup Champions, the team advances to the Worldwide Freescale Cup Championship to be held at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany on September 14-15, 2015.

In the Freescale Cup competition, students design and build an autonomous model car which relies on optical sensors, a small microcomputer, and student-developed software to navigate a complex racetrack. The fastest car to complete the course wins. The competition is sponsored by Freescale Semiconductor.

Team Dinky developed their car as part of the ECE Department’s Autonomous Vehicle senior design project course, under the direction of the course instructor Lance Halsted.

Please join us in congratulating Sam, Andrew, Justin and their instructor Lance on this achievement!

To read the College of Engineering Article please visit here.

To view the winning race visit here.