Autopilot for Robocar

At the University of Vigo's telecommunications engineering school, students learn the mathematical and physical principles that are necessary to understand telecommunication systems. We also teach them different programming languages, design tools, or in general, how to use computer based and electronic tools to build these communication systems.

In the final year of undergraduate studies, in the subject "Embedded Systems Design", we ask students to design and build a small autonomous vehicle (a quadcopter or a robocar). To do this, they must first create an "autopilot" to manage the information from the sensors, distribute it to the various information processing and decision making systems and finally apply the control commands.

The students build a distributed system in which they use RTI Connext DDS to exchange information between the different blocks of software.