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Nate and Pete recall their greatest and worst moments in 10 years of AVC history.

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Welcome! Today we have an interview with Nate Seidle and Pete Dokter to talk about the last 10 years of the Autonomous Vehicle Competition. Yes, it really has been a decade!

If that’s not enough AVC for one day, check out a little recap video of our AVC history.

Don’t forget we’ll be livestreaming the entire AVC event this year on Saturday, September 8th! Bookmark the AVC page and check out all the robot-fighting, autonomous-driving shenanigans!


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  • What do you miss most about the AVC (year 1 vs now)?

    What are you looking forward to in the future for the AVC?

  • Is there ANY chance the aerial category will come back (Indoors, FAA license requirement etc.)?

  • Here in the Phoenix area, the fear-mongering media tends to be hostile towards the on-going development of self-driving automobiles, while at the same time hand-wringing over the foibles of human-driven vehicles (e.g., wrong-way drivers, cars hitting pedestrians, etc.). Have you given any thoughts about being eager or fearful of riding in, or even just sharing the road with, autonomous automobiles, and how has your 10 years of experience with the AVC effected these feelings?

    • Great video, guys! And thanks for taking my questions. (I do beg to differ on one point: I think the DARPA Challenges had at least a little something to do with the technology!)

      As for your bet with your wife, Nate, back in the late 90s I saw where computer capacity was headed, and having some concept of the difficulty of the problem, I started predicting that sometime between 2010 and 2020 we’d be able to buy a car off the showroom floor that can drive itself. I’m beginning to think that we might be a couple of years late on that, if you don’t count the Teslas or the cars that can parallel park themselves or the pickup trucks that will back up to the trailer.

      One other comment: on the subject of BIG servos, you might ask the guys who did Mythbusters. I know they had some that could drive a car or truck, though I suspect that they were pretty expen$ive. (We’re talking about things roughly washing machine motor size.)

      Some year I’ll make it to at least be a spectator at AVC!

  • What advice do you have for a team of middle school students coming to their first AVC competition?

  • What technological improvement spurred on by AVC has impressed/inspired you the most? (Both in the maker community and commercially.)

  • Nate and Pete: What do you consider to be the purpose of the AVC?

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