Year Four Competition

Events

Technical

Emissions and Energy Consumption Event

120 Points

The emissions and energy consumption event is one of the most demanding events in the competitions. Team vehicles will drive over the course of several hours and then fully recharge their Energy Storage System using the grid electricity.
Measurements will occur before, during and after the driving portion, calculating:

  • Total Energy Consumption
  • Well-to-Wheel Petroleum Energy Use
  • Well-to-Wheel Criteria Emissions
  • Well-to-Wheel Greenhouse Gas Emissions

50 MPH to 70 MPH Acceleration Event

20 Points

To test the vehicle’s 50 MPH to 70 MPH acceleration, a student will drive the Camaro down a straightaway with a General Motors observer in the passenger seat. Equipment will collect data on the vehicle’s performance.

Acceleration & Braking Event

75 Points

For the Acceleration and Braking Event, teams will drive their Camaro with a General Motors observer in the passenger seat. A Virtual Box, or V-Box, provided by General Motors will track acceleration times, vehicle speeds and stopping distances. For each lap, a team member will:

  • Accelerate from a complete stop to 65 MPH as quickly as possible to capture the 0-60 MPH acceleration
  • Accelerate from 50 MPH to 75 MPG as quickly as possible to capture the 50-70 MPH acceleration
  • Brake from 65 MPG to a complete stop as quickly as possible to capture 65-0 MPH stopping distance

Handling Event

20 Points

The Handling Event measures how well each team’s Camaro handles when driving around a circular track while accelerating. The vehicle should not exhibit excessive sliding or body lean. A V-Box keeps the scoring objective, measuring for vehicle weight distribution, spring and bar selection and tire performance.

Ride Quality Event

25 Points

For the Ride Quality event, a General Motors ride-and-handling engineer will evaluate the Camaro’s Ride Quality characteristics. Each vehicle will drive along the same course, which contains ride swells, cracked and broken pavement, chatter bumps, waddles, spalled concrete and rail road crossings. To score each performance category, the engineer will use a subjective General Motors Universal Testing Standards scoring procedure.

AVL DRIVE Quality Event

30 Points

AVL DRIVE, a tool designed for objective analysis and quality control based on driver experience, will be used to determine the vehicle’s ability to match the target acceleration response map. In other words, when a driver presses down on the pedal, does the car’s acceleration match driver expectations? A variety of other drive quality metrics will be calculated using AVL DRIVE for this event.

IVM – 60 MPH Acceleration and 60 MPH – 0 MPH Braking Event

40 Points

For the acceleration and braking event, a student will drive the vehicle with a General Motors observer in the passenger seat. A Virtual Box provided by General Motors will track acceleration times, vehicle speeds and stopping distances. For each loop, the student will accelerate from a stop as quickly as possible to 65 MPH in order to capture the rate of acceleration. The student driver will slow to 50 MPH before accelerating as quickly as possible to 75 MPH to record the 50-70 MPH acceleration. After slowing to 65 MPH, the student driver will attempt to brake the vehicle as quickly as possible.

Consumer Appeal Event

45 Points

For the consumer appeal event, judges will assume the role of a prospective customer at a dealership. Teams will first orient the judges with their consumer target market, and then judges will get to drive the car, ask open-ended questions and explore the vehicle’s features. Judging will measure all aspects of the car relating to consumer appeal, such as interior trim and powertrain.

Vehicle Design Review (VDR)

45 Points

For this presentation, team members will give a walk-through of their vehicle as a whole. They will detail how they designed, implemented and refined critical components of the vehicle, making note of unique features and providing rationale for design decisions. Teams will also communicate how team goals and consumer target market influenced their decisions and where the vehicle stands in terms of vehicle development process. Ultimately, the event enables teams to show government and industry experts how their team met vehicle development process goals and is on track to meet the vehicle technical specifications they set in Year 1.

Autocross Event

30 Points

The Autocross Event determines how the car handles when swerving through a coned course. All runs will be timed and the scored portion of the event evaluates the vehicle’s balance and stability at higher than average maneuvering speeds. After three scored laps, the teams will get to participate in team fun runs. During fun runs they get to see how their driving stacks up against a GM professional driver and how their vehicle fairs against a GM production Camaro.

Over-the-Road Event

55 Points

For this event, teams will drive their vehicles on California public roads, thus subjecting them to traffic, hills and other variables while evaluating the team’s performance and energy consumption.

Mechanical Presentation

45 Points

During the mechanical presentation, team members will communicate how they optimized and refined their vehicle, while explaining how a sound engineering methodology informed their approach. Before opening up the floor for questions, they will highlight key components including:

  • Energy Storage System
  • Driveline Components
  • Thermal System
  • Powertrain Mounts
  • Overall Packaging
  • Fuel System

ADAS Presentation

45 Points

Throughout Year 4, students worked to tune technology that helps drivers stay in their lane, track their vehicle, brake and other driver assistance services. This presentation gives them the opportunity to showcase the effectiveness of their ADAS technology and expand on their approach to integration, development and evaluation activities.

Control and SMS Presentation

45 Points

During this presentation, teams will focus on a refinement or optimization they made to the vehicle. Using this example, they will showcase how they made data-based decisions, approached challenges and used modeling and simulations to perform tests.

Innovation Presentation

45 Points

This presentation gives teams the chance to showcase the new or innovative technologies they’ve been working on and the innovative approaches they’ve taken. Team members will discuss how their innovations fit into the current technology landscape and provide analysis on how it might impact the industry and the market. Judges will measure the team’s progress toward meeting innovation goals.

Project Management

Final Project Status Presentation

25 Points

During this presentation, each team’s project manager will provide a comprehensive look at the final status of the project. They should speak openly and honestly about the project status as judges will not dock points simply because the team is further behind on the vehicle development process. Rather, judges will look at the project manager’s command of the project and what factors led to the final outcome.

Communications

Communications Presentation

25 Points

For the communications presentation, the communications manager will discuss the team’s strategies, research, implementation, results and lessons learned pertaining to each outreach event conducted in Year 4. They will also identify how the strategic use of social media can bolster outreach events, indicating correlations between social media activity and outreach event shortcomings and successes.

Pre-competition deliverables

TECHNICAL

Innovation Topic Proposal

5 Points

Throughout Year 4, teams will research and develop a project around a topic they deem unique and innovative. Through the Innovation Topic Proposal, they can justify why they believe this topic relates to competition goals and how it will enhance the automotive industry and will benefit the consumer. They should also identify risks, establish a timeline and provide background on existing research and their familiarity with the topic.

ADAS Workshop Pre-Check

5 Points

This pre-check gives students the chance to evaluate the effectiveness of their Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which are meant to help drivers with tasks such as lane change assistance and vehicle detection.

Innovation Fall Progress Update

20 Points

Earlier in the year, teams proposed a topic they hoped to research and develop into a project. This check-in gives them the chance to communicate their research and determine what metrics should be used to evaluate their progress. If teams are behind on their innovation project, this is an opportunity to explain why.

Emissions Testing Event Test Plan

10 Points

This year, teams will travel to conduct dynamometer testing at the Transportation Research Center in Ohio. This plan will help teams make the best use of their team upon arrival. They should use this document to summarize their goals and map out their approach.

ADAS Stereo Vision Tool Check

15 Points

The Advanced Driver Assistance Systems vision tool check accesses the fundamental skills teams will need in order to complete vision processing and hardware development tasks later in the year. Using cameras and MATLAB/Simulink or another platform, teams will collect real-world test footage. Next, they will label the footage with directly observed information and use the information to test and refine various computer vision algorithms.

Winter Vehicle Evaluation

25 Points

At winter workshop, teams will get to test their vehicles in a controlled environment using highly accurate measurement equipment. The winter vehicle evaluation gives them the chance to ensure their vehicle is fully functional and ready to undergo testing. The evaluation looks at the vehicle’s electric systems, top speeds, ability to function on longer trips and more.

Emissions Testing Event

25 Points

For this event, teams will travel to the Transportation Research Center in Ohio to collect information on their vehicle’s fuel economy and emissions. They’ll use a dynamometer, which measures power output of an engine.

ADAS Vehicle Integration Deliverable

10 Points

Once teams have integrated their entire Advanced Driver Assistance Systems into their vehicles, they will use this report to show how well the systems work. They will also discuss how they measured object recognition, range finding, and range rate estimation. Finally, they will go over their plans for implementing driver feedback using the ADAS sensing data.

Innovation Spring Progress Update

30 Points

Like the innovation fall progress update, this report gives teams a chance to share their accomplishments, research, data points and any obstacles related to their innovation topic.

Spring Vehicle Evaluation

25 Points

The Spring Vehicle Evaluation is used as a checkpoint, evaluating where teams are in four key categories:

  • Mile accumulation
  • Endurance driving
  • Vehicle technical specifications
  • ADAS Functionality

Final Technical Report

35 Points

Each team will highlight their design, development and testing work in a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)-style paper. They are encouraged, but not required, to publish the report in an industry journal or conference

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Execution Plan

30 Points

The execution plan is a highly functional tool that project managers can use throughout Year 4 to help manage the vehicle development activities. When writing the plan, project managers will identify and define the timeline and scope of what they must do to meet goals and milestones.

Influencer Marking Materials

15 Points*

In Year 4, teams will strive to meet with influencers, such as their state senators or university presidents. The influencer market materials serve as tools to help tell the story of EcoCAR 3 and its impact. Communications Managers and Project Managers will work together to highlight community involvement, alumni information, notable team accomplishments, financial impacts, and the overall goals, mission and structure of EcoCAR 3.
*Points are split between Communications and Project Management swimlanes.

Closeout Report

20 Points

The closeout report details how the school built and organized their team, planned and executed the project, managed for risk and captured key learnings. Judges will look for specific and detailed lessons learned that a project manager could pass down to future teams.

Final Impact Report

15 Points

This report communicates the impacts and results of EcoCAR 3 to key stakeholders, including federal and state government agencies who partially fund EcoCAR 3. It includes alumni information, funding information and impacts on the university and community.

COMMUNICATIONS

Communications Plan

20 Points

The communications plan serves as the roadmap for all Year 4 communications efforts. Teams will lay out their goals and specify the actions they need to take to reach them. For this comprehensive report, they will also research target audiences, articulate key messages, and determine methods of measuring and evaluating success.

Influencer Marking Materials

15 Points*

In Year 4, teams will strive to meet with influencers, such as their state senators or university presidents. The influencer market materials serve as tools to help tell the story of EcoCAR 3 and its impact. Communications Managers and Project Managers will work together to highlight community involvement, alumni information, notable team accomplishments, financial impacts, and the overall goals, mission and structure of EcoCAR 3.
*Points are split between Communications and Project Management swimlanes.

Youth Outreach Report

15 Points

For the youth outreach report, teams will need to demonstrate how the youth events they conducted in Year 4 increased STEM literacy and awareness of EcoCAR 3. The report should include the team’s strategy, research methods and rationale for the audience selected.