2nd Japan Automotive AI Challenge Finals

The Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan announced on September 7 that it will be holding the 2nd Japan Automotive AI Challenge Finals. The said competition is scheduled to be held from September 23 to November 6.

The said competition was originally scheduled to be held on June 14 at the Chiba Laboratory (inside Kashiwa Campus), which is attached to the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. The competition was divided into Recognition and Control, with the said categories using actual cars.

However, the competition was suspended as part of COVID-19 countermeasures. The association decided to combine both categories and carry out the finals via online simulation. Participants are to submit a program and compete in an online simulator. This includes challenges involving swift and careful delivery of ordered goods without damaging them while clearing issues with self-driving cars. Details of the competition and participating teams will be announced at a later date.

Planned participants for the Recognition category are the top six teams in the 2nd AI Edge Contest (which was sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry). As for the Control category, the planned participants are the nine teams that passed the online simulation qualifiers (which was sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan). The said teams' intent to join is currently being confirmed.

The competition results will be announced in the middle of December. An award ceremony (partially online) is also planned to be held. In late December, a video of the AIs virtually driving in parallel will be released, along with a commentary. The said video will be made from footage of the AI's driving created by each team's program. Interviews with participants will also be published.