Autonomous Driving Level 5 Successful on Test and Race Tracks with Basler Hardware and Software
The student GreenTeam Stuttgart has already achieved the highest level 5 of autonomous driving: On designated test and race tracks, the team stands out thanks to perfectly matching Basler hardware components and software. For their racing cars, also known as bolides ("bullets"), they work day and night for months in order to do as well as possible in the races consisting of four dynamic disciplines. The overall concept has to be right here: Weight and speed, motor efficiency, aerodynamics, but also the cooling of the battery but most of all hardware and software, which includes image processing.
The image processing system in the racing car comprises of a sensor array consisting of a LiDAR sensor connected to a GPU and two Basler ace acA1300-75gc color area scan cameras, which transfer 88 frames per second with 1.3 MP resolution via GigE Vision interface to the microEnable IV VQ4-GPoE frame grabber. For the processing of digital control signals the frame grabber is equipped with a special extension card, the Opto-Trigger 5. The image processing system receives the required functionality via the development environment VisualApplets, with which the team graphically programmed the FPGAs with the appropriate applications in a short time.
The total package of cameras, frame grabber, VisualApplets, and consulting was the main reason why GreenTeam decided to work with Basler.