The Future of Snowplows: Autonomous Vehicle Competition

The tenth annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition took place on a snowy weekend in January 2020. Hosted at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this year’s competition saw 10 teams from across North America competing to create the best snowplow that operates autonomously.

For the competition, teams from various colleges build a robot from scratch to see which one can most effectively plow snow. SICK was one of the sponsors and a supplier of some of sensor technology used on the autonomous snowplows. Get an inside look at how the three Dunwoody teams prepared for the competition on Dunwoody’s website. Even the trophy boxes were created in-house by a Dunwoody student.

The results of the competition were:

  • 1st: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – Snow Squirrel
  • 2nd: Dunwoody College of Technology (Wendigo 2020)
  • 3rd: Dunwoody College of Technology (Snow Devils 10102)
  • 4th: Dunwoody College of Technology (Wechuge 2020)

Watch the video from KSTP TV that prominently features SICK LiDAR sensors used on the autonomous snow plow of the Dunwoody team. This first-time competing team named their robot “Wechuge” and ultimately placed fourth in the competition.

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