MPL AG Newsletter September 2018
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MPL AG Newsletter September 2018

MPL-Driven unmanned racing car wins a second time (after 2017) on Hockenheimring
driverless racing car
Valued reader,

On the evening of the 12. August 2018, AMZ made history: for the first time in the Formula Student history, the team from ETH Zurich (Technical University of Zurich) brought home two trophies for overall first place in both the electric and driver-less divisions of the Formula Student Germany event in Hockenheim.

The "Formula Student" is the biggest contest for engineers worldwide with up to 600 teams and 3700 students involved. The students had to design and build a driver-less race car.

After last years success, MPL AG again supported ETH Zurich in this project for autonomous driving with two MPL products.

The team of engineers at ETH Zurich decided to use a PIP39 (one of the robust embedded computers from MPL) as the heart of the car. This decision was made due to the very positive experience in 2017 with MPL products, robustness and reliability were impressive. Last year however, the 3rd. party graphic unit and data processing occasionally caused problems. To fix this in the new project, a PIP39 with a graphics expansion (GPGPU) was chosen.

driverless racing car The PIP39 was the main computer in the autonomous racing car in combination with the robust MAGBES switch from MPL. The PIP39 was responsible for steering, data processing and control of the autonomous vehicle. All control relevant data and logarithms were transmitted to the various terminals with the corresponding control signals via the MAGBES switch. The additional data processing of the graphics card was handled by the PIP39 without any problems. MPL's PIP39 and MAGBES worked perfectly and reliable during the development phase and the final race. The total solution from MPL made once again the difference.

The feedback from Nicolo de Rita (Computing System, Driverless) on the PIP39 with graphic expansion and MAGBES: "The MPL computer is really very impressive. We had absolutely no problem with the MPL supplied parts".

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We congratulate the ETH Team on the great success and are proud to be part of this achievement

Kind regards,
Your MPL team

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