Driverless Car Challenge
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About the Program

We want to revolutionise driving on Indian roads. This innovation carries the promise of transforming our lives and addressing a range of challenges: from decreased road mortality rates and driver fatigue, to increased environmental friendliness that makes transportation more inclusive for people of all abilities –the possibilities are endless.


This document contains complete information on the Challenge including quantified deliverables, evaluation criteria, and timelines.

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What's in it for you

  1. $700,000 to build a driverless car that can revolutionize transportation in India.
  2. Meet with industry experts, potential mentors, and join a growing community of innovation stars in India.
  3. Get privileged access to events across the country, and take part in webinars, Twitter chats, and Google Hangouts.
  4. Free access to our Resources section for the latest updates on the innovation landscape in India.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicants for the Challenge must be registered on SparkTheRise.com.
  2. Individuals, teams, organizations or institutions from India, working on the innovation within the geographical limits of India are eligible to participate in this Challenge.
  3. Non-Indians, residing in India, associated with an Indian organization or institution can participate provided that the work on the challenge is carried out within the geographical boundaries of India.
  4. Team sizes can range from 1 to 20 members. A comprehensive list of criteria can be accessed here.

Calendar

DateStage / Phase
24 March 2014 - 19 September 2014 Submission of Applications
07 April 2014 - 06 October 2014 Evaluation of Applications and Announcements (Continuous Process)
14 April 2014 - 09 January 2015 Approach Note Submission
02 June 2014 - 16 February 2015 Approach Note Evaluation and Announcements (Continuous Process)
16 January 2015 - 20 March 2015 Live Presentations
13 February 2015 - 16 April 2015 Evaluation of Live Presentations
17 April 2015 Announcement of teams selected to move to Stage 1
15 April 2016 Working Prototypes (Dates are tentative. Details to be announced Jan 16th 2015)
17 October 2016 Full Solution Demonstration (Dates are tentative. Details to be announced later)

Intellectual Property

Mahindra has no claims whatsoever on a team’s Intellectual Property (IP).Teams are expected to take all necessary steps to protect their IP and obtain patents. Mahindra will not play any role whatsoever in helping teams obtain patents. EY are the process advisors on the Rise Prize. They oversee the entire process and ensure a safe and fair competition. A comprehensive set of guidelines on IP can be found here.

Approach Note

After submitting your application, you will receive a notification within 15 days if you have been shortlisted for the next stage. Only shortlisted applicants will be required to fill in an Approach Note.

The Approach Note is a more detailed description of your innovation and will help the jury evaluate your participation in further rounds.

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Teams

Hi Teams! Congratulations to those who have made it to the second stage. To help you connect better, we have created profiles for each team below. This list is not exhaustive and as more teams get shortlisted, their details will be updated. We hope you can use this platform to connect with each other. Also, if you are still looking to be a part of Rise Prize, you can connect with the teams you want to be a part of.   The first step to make India the global innovation hub starts right here. Together we can make World Class From India a reality.

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  • Design Interest Group

    We are an independent team comprising of individuals from IT-Electronics-Healthcare industry.

    Hyderabad

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  • IIT Bombday

    Mumbai

  • Indian Roadies

    Chennai

  • Manas

    We are representing Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal. Our team name Manas, the Sanskrit word for Higher Intelligence is the very basis upon which our Ideologies work. We are working on the Artificial Intelligence which can behave according to the Indian roads and traffic conditions. Also by making use of open source software and hardware we are minimizing the technology cost.

    Manipal, Karnataka

    Looking For : We are looking for Bright and Smart people who can help us with optimizing the Artificial Intelligence, and can understand the overall challenges involved in implementing this technology.

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  • Pori Sarathi

    Our team is a collection of individuals as of now. We are trying to get corporate sponsorship(which is in progress). We had made an Android based remote control car and have also purchased a Reva Car for further implementation. We have tried various image processing algorithm and made a comprehensive design of the complete system.

    Chennai

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  • P_TYPE

    A group of independent researchers, developers, robotic enthusiasts and programmers looking forward to make a change.

    Howrah

    Looking For : Potential investors/entrepreneurs, who are likely to be interested in funding this particular project to an extent.

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  • Rexnamo

    Rexnamo Electro Pvt. Ltd. manufactures high performance electric vehicles. We strongly strive for reliability, innovative R&D, a smooth supply chain and tight quality control coupled with state-of-the-art manufacturing procedures and facilities. Rexnamo Electro Pvt. Ltd. employs the very best from universities and institutions around the globe with rapidly expanding sales and services network worldwide. Our Website.

    Ghaziabad

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  • Robots Alive

    Representing company Robots Alive Consulting Pvt. Ltd. to develop a robust autonomous vehicle technology. We are a team of 6 engineers with varying interests in and around robotics.

    Bangalore

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  • Swahana

    Hyderabad

  • Swarath

    We are a mix of faculty and students from IIIT-Delhi, who together have expertise in vision, robotics, embedded systems, sensing, and communications. While we pursue research in our areas of expertise, we make a conscious effort to put our findings to work in the practical world. Our ultimate goal is to launch autonomous shuttles that provide anytime last mile connectivity in Indian cities.

    New Delhi

    Looking For : To realize our ideas we need hands-on-experts in materials and mechanics. If you think, you can contribute, please get in touch with us.

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  • Sweven T Ragern

    Our team consist of a group of college students from ANAND INSTITUTE OF HIGHER TECHNOLOGY from multiple disciplines. Each member of our team have participated in various technical events in national level and proved our mettle.

    Chennai

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  • TechM IES

    We represent Integrated Engineering Solutions of Tech Mahindra.  The core team members have 22+ years of experience in automotive domain and are leading the automotive group with more than 100 man years of Automotive Electronics projects – covering areas of chassis systems, ADAS, telematics, power electronics and safety systems.  We are partnering with University and Academia to help us in domains requiring research and state of art solution.

    Bangalore

    Looking For : We are looking for people with who can help us in the area of V2V and V2I communication. We are also looking for people who could help us develop/port/improve performance of Driver Assist Algorithms for Indian road constraints.

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  • Technido

    Technido, meaning a 'technology-nest', is where bright minds from various fields of technology have gathered and pledge to build promising and sustainable technologies for the future. The team for the Rise Prize endeavour, is constituted by those who are enthusiastic and are driven by novelty. Our team not only includes talented engineers but also technicians and helpers for building a composite team for the Rise Prize.

    Indore

    Looking For : We invite programmers with critical thinking and astute problem solving abilities to join our team. We would also love to have senior members in our team who can monitor and mentor our progress.

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  • The Concept Crew

    Noida

  • Trigon

    Team Trigon consists of just 4 people at the moment, although we might add more personnel as we progress, we have at present an MBA, a B.E. Mech., MBA, a B.E  and  software and tech guy. We think we have come up with a great concept for the Driverless Car challenge, one that will work in the very demanding Indian road scenario, where considerations of frugality price, lack of infrastructure, and heavy and haphazard vehicular conditions have to be overcome. We feel we can succeed.

    Hyderabad

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  • Tryambaka

    Chennai

  • Verve

    Bangalore

    Jury Team

    • Dr. Ryan C.C. Chin

      Ryan is Managing Director & Research Scientist, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab which is responsible for establishing frameworks for academic-industrial collaboration as well as furthering research in urban systems. In 2006, Esquire Magazine placed him amongst the top 42 innovators under the age of 35. More recently his work received the 2014 Katerva Award (City Car Project). Know More.

    • Prakash Dandekar

      Prakash is a Visiting Professor at IIT-Gandhinagar and his key areas of interest are embedded wireless networked systems and product design; Real-time software application development for robotics, automotive, industrial automation and natural resources monitoring. Previously he led the Competency Centre for Embedded Systems, Telematics and Plant Automation for Tata Technologies. Know More.

    • Dr. Karl Iagnemma

      Karl is a principal research scientist in the Mechanical Engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has recently led research programs for agencies including the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, the Army Research Office, DARPA, the NASA Mars Program Office, Ford Motor Company, and the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, among others. Dr. Iagnemma was chosen as one of 16 people who redefined science in 2003 by SEED magazine. He was a 2005 nominee for a MacArthur Foundation fellowship. Know More.

    • Sushmita Mitra

      Sushmita is a Professor at the Machine Intelligence Unit (MIU), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. She was the Head of MIU during the period 2010 to 2012. She has received numerous awards including the National Talent Search Scholarship (1978-1983) from NCERT, India, the University Gold Medal in 1988, the IEEE TNN Outstanding Paper Award in 1994 for her pioneering work in neuro-fuzzy computing, and the CIMPA-INRIA-UNESCO Fellowship in 1996. She is the author of several books including ``Neuro-Fuzzy Pattern Recognition: Methods in Soft Computing" and ``Data Mining: Multimedia, Soft Computing, and Bioinformatics"  among others. Know more.

    • Dinesh Mohan

      Mohan is an Emeritus Fellow at the IIT-Delhi and his key areas of interest are Biomechanics and epidemiology: Specifically with an Expertise in human impact tolerance, vehicle crashworthiness and road safety research. He is presently involved in design of safer truck fronts, analysis of highway crashes, analysis of tractor driver vibrations and interaction between safety and environmental policies. Know More.

    • Amitabha Mukerjee

      Amitabha is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in IIT-Kanpur. He is also associated with the institute’s Centre for Robotics and Mechatronics. His key areas of interest are Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Geometric Modeling, and Robotics. He was a recipient of the "Hari Om Sharan Prerit Vikram Sarabhai Award" for 1999 in the area of Electronics, Informatics, Telematics, and Automation. Know More.

    • Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwalla

      Ashok is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras where he leads the Telecommunications and Computer Networks group and has incubated more than fifty companies in the last twenty years. He chairs IITM Incubation cell, Health Technology Innovation Center, co-chairs Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) at IIT Madras and is professor in-charge of IITM Research Park. Know More.

    • Chetan Maini

      Chetan co-founded the REVA Electric Car Company, and is CEO of Mahindra Reva. He currently holds and has filed over 30 global patents in electric vehicle technologies. His vision and pioneering innovations in electric vehicles have been recognized worldwide, including Mahindra Reva being voted as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the world in 2013. Know More.

    • Rajan Wadhera

      Rajan is Chief Executive — Truck & Power Train Division, and Head - Mahindra Research Valley (MRV). He has over 28 years of experience in the Automotive and Farm Equipment sectors where he has spearheaded research and development initiatives, technology incubation, sourcing, manufacturing, program management, vendor management, and new parts development. Know More.

    News

    • 27 February 2014Mahindra's $1 million bounty awaits desi innovators

      Part of Mahindra's first edition of the $1 million 'Rise Prize'— was unveiled on Feb 28th, 2014, National Science Day—to spur breakthrough Indian innovation which captures the mainstream imagination. [Link]

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