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Schluckspecht “autonomously” successful for the second time

2. June 2019

The team from Offenburg University of Applied Sciences took an excellent second place in the “Autonomous Driving” discipline at the Shell Eco-marathon 2019. With the “Schluckspecht V” they were the best German team.

For the second time teams competed against each other in the discipline “Autonomous Driving” at the Shell Eco-marathon. In addition to the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, three other universities – the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the DTU Technical University of Denmark and the TU Munich – dared to take on this difficult challenge.

Although the members of the Schluckspecht team change semester by semester, the cooperation worked very well both in the preparation phase and during the competition itself. The students come from various fields of study such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and media faculty. “Our team presented itself excellently. Cooperation and team spirit were again the guarantee for success. Our technical improvements have proven themselves in competition and we were able to increase enormously compared to last year”, explains overall project manager Prof. Stefan Hensel.

The Schluckspecht was able to demonstrate the technical progress during the four-day competition. All tasks were finally included in the overall ranking: The team of the university could convince in all ranges and occupied as best German team an outstanding second place.

Next year, the Schluckspecht team wants to compete again in autonomous driving and put the presented ideas into practice by then. “I am sure that we will establish ourselves in the top group of the competition in autonomous driving and that we will be able to improve even further after second place this year,” says Prof. Hensel about the potential of the autonomous Schluckspecht.