Autonomy, in the context of autonomous vehicles, is the ability of a vehicle to operate without the intervention of a human operator. Such vehicles constitute a very broad spectrum of shapes and sizes including, for instance, vacuum cleaning robots, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) operating on factory floors and warehouses, and robot taxis etc.
The objective of the course is to give students knowledge in the area of autonomous vehicles, by participating in an autonomous-vehicles project. This can either be an applied or a research project in the field of autonomous vehicles.
The course is a two-part course i.e. 3+3 ECTS, in two semesters.
Information about project types
The student is (in small teams, or independently) expected to work on the applied/research project agreed-upon with supervisor.
The projects, this semester, are broadly of two types:
1. The students have the opportunity of working on our own autonomy stack the Autoware Mini (https://adl.cs.ut.ee/lab/software). Currently at ADL, we are actively enhancing the capabilities of the software, and by taking up this type of project, you can not only familiarise yourself with the software but can also contribute to its development. (See the "Autoware Mini Course" tab for more details.)
2. The students can take up a research or applied project using the DonkeyCar 1:10 scale platfrom. The same platform can also be used for developing and testing projects for a small-scale autonomous-vehicle toy city, for example traffic sign or traffic light detection.
The DonkeyCar platform
So far these cars have been made to: avoid obstacles, follow "direction of traffic" sign, stop at stop sign, stop at the pedestrian crossing if a Lego man is on it, give way for a vehicle on the right, etc (see some videos here).
The assessment is project-dependent, but is usually based on presentations, reports, (and where applicable) demonstration and code. More details will be provided by the project supervisors in the beginning of the semester.