EETimes: This year's competition was won by FEI-Minetors Team from the Slovak Technical University of Bratislava after their racing car covered the 44.1-meter race track in 25.8s (6.2 km/h average). Are you now maintaining links with the FEI-Minetors Team to discuss how they created motor control HW and SW to propel and steer their car?
Stiffan: The relationship established with each university continues from season to season and they learn from their past experiences to improve their performance. We maintain contact with the professors managing the teams at each university via visits and phone calls to better understand what they have learned and how they have managed the challenges.
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EETimes: For the first time, teams integrated Freescale's Xtrinsic eCompass software, a sensor fusion solution that works together with a Freescale Xtrinsic accelerometer and magnetometer to provide highly accurate magnetic data. What are the feedbacks you received about such integration?
The feedback was very positive as the eCompass product we have featured is very recent. The challenge did bring a new dimension to the students. They did like the element of precision (coming as close as possible from the starting point) and the fact that no track was needed to use it.
EETimes: In what respect can their experience help Freescale improve car driving assistance?
The challenge brought much information back to us. One key element has been how fast a student team can learn the new technology with the tools we have provided. This is helpful to evaluate the level of our support and quality of the tools. When it comes to the car driving assistance, it provides our customers with a pool of talented engineers able to understand the eCompass concept and limitations. This will support better future application development using this technology.