Controller hardware and software development team has been in the self-driving car project from the beginning. We started with 2-3 persons in the team that has been growing to 7-persons team already. Our main objective is to develop a low level controller software, that includes taking over all main car driving signals, refine them if necessary, or develop from the scratch. Thereby we must assure that driving would be smooth and safe. Therefore part of our team is working on development of car kinematics simulation environment that helps us to develop driving algorithms more efficiently. As low level software must be reliable in every aspect then one dedicated person is working on software testing. We are also connecting pipe between the high level software team and electronics team because car must react immediately to all upper layer commands.
Starting from the end of January outdoor test have been started. First tests are done with the robot platform UKU made by our students already 10 years ago. The robot UKU is now reconfigured and upgraded to meet our self-driving car project requirements. Now in February we have good opportunity to test our systems also in winter conditions, specially in snow and minus degrees.
Recently TTÜ self-driving car project manager Raivo Sell and smart traffic sign start-up company represented by CEO Mart Suurkask agreed with memorandum of understanding. On the frame of the memorandum both parties declare the collaboration and exchange of development information to ensure self-driving car and smart traffic sign communication compatibility (V2I). As a result, first smart traffic sign will be installed on the self-driving car track on the summer 2018.
More info can be found here about the smart traffic sign (in Estonian).
Just some weeks ago we moved to new (but still temporary) lab rooms in U05-306. Small workshop, computers and other stuff is ready and students are working almost full time there.
Some photos from lab.