The Freiburg Race Cars serve as a testbed for algorithms in embedded optimization and real-time control. It is inspired by the ORCA project at ETH in Zürich and the LMS Racecars at Siemens PLM in Leuven.
Small radio-controlled cars autonomously drive on a narrow track. The only sensor is an overhead camera, which captures images of the track at high speed. Several fast control algorithms have been tested, e.g. such as two-level linear MPC and NMPC.
Multiple people are involved with the setup, on the bachelor, master and PhD level. Students that are interested in working on a challenging control project are welcome to contact robin.verschueren (at) imtek.uni-freiburg.de
A video that gives an idea of the performance can be seen in the video below (linear MPC) or here (NMPC).
The Freiburg Race Cars team: