Mouser Electronics sponsors NXP Cup autonomous vehicle challenge

Mouser Electronics today announced that it will be the lead distribution sponsor for the NXP Cup, a global competition where student teams build, program, and race model cars around a track. The EMEA finals of the NXP Cup will take place at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen, Germany.

The NXP Cup challenges student teams from around the world to build an intelligent car that can speed around a standardised track. The fastest car to complete the track without derailing wins the race. To create the autonomous car, students build basic circuits and program embedded software using NXP parts included in the entry kit. Students then create motor control hardware and software to propel and steer their intelligent cars and must also incorporate a camera and interface in order to navigate the cars through the track by following a guide line.

Mark Patrick, Mouser’s technical marketing manager, EMEA, comments: “The NXP Cup fits perfectly with Mouser’s ethos. Students must demonstrate real innovation for a future reality where driverless vehicles are the norm. This requires a thorough understanding of IoT platforms, hardware and software and sensor technologies. We are delighted to assist one of our key franchise partners, NXP, with this event and be the headline sponsor, and we wish all the qualifying teams the best of luck in the final.”

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