Autonomous Snowplow Competition

Teams are challenged to create autonomous snowplows using technologies such as GPS, Laser navigation and optical navigation to create a machine that is able to clear a path of snowfield, in configurations that mimic sidewalks and driveways. This competition is to help drive innovation in the future industry of autonomous robots that will eventually become part of our everyday lives. 2018 marks the eighth annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition!

What it is

A competition designed to encourage students and individuals to utilize the state of the art in navigation and control technologies to rapidly, accurately and safely clear a path of snow. This year, eight teams from the US and Canada will be coming to downtown Saint Paul to claim the title of having the best autonomous robotic snowplow.

The teams are challenged to create autonomous snowplows using technologies such as GPS, Laser navigation and optical navigation to create a machine that is able to clear a path of snowfield, in configurations that mimic sidewalks and driveways. This competition is to help drive innovation in the future industry of autonomous robots that will eventually become part of our everyday lives.

Teams are judged on how much snow is removed, how quickly it is removed and how the machine reacts to different obstacles placed in its path.

When and Where

The Autonomous Snowplow Competition takes place Saturday, January 27 through Sunday January 28, 2018 on 4th Street between Rice Park and the James J Hill Reference Library from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

2017 Competitors

  University/Affiliation     Snowplow Name        
                       
  Case Western Reserve University   OTTO X          
  Case Western Reserve University   Snow Joke              
  Dunwoody College of Technology   Snow Devils 01102            
  Dunwoody College of Technology   Wendigo              
  Iowa State University   Robotics Club Snowplow            
  Michigan Technological University   Longshot              
  North Dakota State University   Lil Bison              
  North Dakota State University   THUNDAR 3.0              
  University of Michigan, Dearborn   Yeti 7.0          
  University of Michigan, Dearborn     Z-3PO (Zenith 3.0)          
  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities     GOFIRST-Snow Squirrel          
  University of St. Thomas     Blizzard Byter          
  Wayne State University     Snow Wizard 1.0