ROCHESTER — If you are interested in autonomous cars, you have to visit The 21st Annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition.

IGVC will start Friday at Oakland University.

IGVC challenges university teams to compete autonomous robotic vehicles on an exterior course with defined lanes, GPS waypoints and random obstacles in an outdoor field environment.

IGVC is held on the Oakland University campus under the Meadowbrook sign. You can find it on southwest corner of Adams Road and Walton Boulevard. Look for two large white tents and robots driving in the grass meadow being watched closely by their student teams.

Design competitions start Friday and autonomous performance competition among the 53 teams starts Saturday.

Teams can also compete in an unmanned systems architecture building upon the Department of Defense Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems.

For more information, go to the competition website at

Following IGVC, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is hosting the annual Driverless Car Summit at the Motor City Casino Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 11 and 12. More info can be found at Registration is still open.

Michigan teams include two teams from Kettering University, two from Oakland University and two from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and teams from Lawrence Technological University, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Detroit Mercy.


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