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OSU Does it Again!

Buckeyes Win First-Place Honor at EcoCAR 3 Year Two Finals

For the second consecutive year in a row, The Ohio State University (OSU) was honored with the prestigious first-place standing at the EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition awards ceremony held May 26, 2016, in San Diego, California. Out of 36 individually-scored competition categories, the team drove home 11 first-place honors and placed in the top 5 of 30 separate judged categories.

“The quality and maturity of the team’s development processes and approaches were very impressive. This time again, Ohio State showed that they are a few steps ahead of the other teams and that they are deserving winners of this year’s competition,” said Dr. Peter Waeltermann, president of dSPACE Inc. “I also wish to congratulate Virginia Tech (2nd place winner) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (3rd place winner). These teams also demonstrated excellent development work in their vehicles.”

OSU, along with 15 other North American universities, had to complete an intensive, two-part finale challenge that began May 16-21, 2016, at the GM Desert Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona, and wrapped up May 21-26, 2016, in San Diego. Teams were scored for rigorous safety, technical, drive quality and emissions testing, and were required to make technical presentations before a panel of judges. 

EcoCAR 3 is a 4-year competition challenging universities to re-engineer a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to make it even more energy efficient, while maintaining high-performance and safety features. The teams just wrapped up year 2 of the 4-year challenge, which culminates in 2018.

Year 2 was focused on using hardware and software to integrate energy efficient propulsion designs into each team’s respective vehicle. OSU demonstrated all-around excellence, and are now positioned for continued success in demonstrating industry grade processes for embedded controls and software development.

On their road to success, OSU used a number of dSPACE tools throughout Year 2 of the competition, from the MicroAutobox as the supervisory controller of the vehicle, to the dSPACE Simulator to test and validate their software prior to deployment in the vehicle.  

“The OSU team made extensive use of dSPACE’s  test creation and automation tool AutomationDesk, and data management tool SYNECT with their HIL system,  to deliver a software validation process that rivals many we see in the industry,” said Vivek Moudgal, vice president of sales, dSPACE Inc.

According to the EcoCAR 3 organizers, OSU has shown excellence and determination throughout Year 2. The team’s vehicle that arrived in Yuma was already well-built and integrated. The team was the first to complete Stage 2 of Safety Tech inspections and was also first to drive their vehicle at Competition. The team delivered a fully-integrated vehicle that was able to complete almost every single test in the inspection and demonstrated functionality from both their engine and ESS. The team’s integrated Camaro was even able to demonstrate functional emergency stops and pass all high voltage system safety checks.

In addition to their most recent win, OSU was named the grand finale winner of the EcoCAR 2 Challenge, which ran from 2011-2014 and preceded the current EcoCAR 3 Challenge.

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