Two engineers from the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI) were chosen to represent Canada at the first-ever autonomous driving Move-It Hackathon, which was held in Guiyang, China, a city dubbed the “Big Data Valley of China”. More than 30 engineers from 11 different countries toiled feverishly to modify the electronic systems of a 2016 Honda Civic and a small Kayun Pickman pickup truck to make them self-driving in just five days.
Since 2014, the number of companies using Big Data in this area has literally exploded, increasing from 1000 to 8900. The objective of Chinese self-driving start-up PIX Moving, which organized the event, was to make self-driving technology more accessible and affordable for academic researchers and start-ups by developing a conversion kit. They created an event that attracted talented engineers from around the globe so they could share knowledge and work together.
“What an experience! This event allowed us to network, increase our knowledge base and validate our work by confirming that we are on the right track, while also helping us realize that we already possess valuable expertise. We got people to take notice, which opened the door to future collaborations,” elaborated IVI engineer and project manager Marion Landry, P.Eng. M.Eng.