ITS Minnesota supported students from the University of Minnesota attending the Ninth Annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition in Toronto in January 2019.
The purpose of this competition is to challenge university and college students, as well as the general public, to design, build, and operate a fully autonomous snowplow to remove snow from a designated path. The objectives of this competition include encouraging students and individuals to utilize the state of the art in navigation and control technologies to rapidly, accurately, and safely clear a path of snow.
University of Minnesota students developed a Snow Squirrel that was entered into the competition and competed against several other entries. The video link below demonstrates how the autonomous snow plow navigated an S-shape with no navigational aids and made no collisions.
The University of Minnesota and the Snow Squirrel took first place in the competition! Congratulations to the group that demonstrated the snowplow!