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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.

Driverless Car Challenge So Far: A total of 259 teams applied to the Challenge, of which 35 made it to the Approach Note Phase. From these 35 teams, 31 qualified for the Live Presentation Phase. These teams will be presenting before our Jury in the Live Presentations shortly. You can know more about the teams by clicking on the ‘Teams’ tab.


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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
  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.


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
23 February 2015 - 23 February 2015 Announcement of Approach Note Evaluation
23 March 2015 - 26 March 2015 Live Presentations
26 March 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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Congratulations to the teams who have made it to the Working Prototype Phase. In case you are interested in supporting any team through ideas, funds, expertise or technology you can connect with them directly or write to us at

The first step to make India the global innovation hub starts right here. Together we can make World Class From India a reality. List of qualified teams below.

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  • I-L
  • M-P
  • Q-T
  • U-X
  • Y-Z
  • Aeron

    We, Team Aeron, are a group of super-charged young engineers - representing our company ‘Aeron Systems Pvt Ltd’. We come from the domain of Inertial Navigation with a background in electronics, signal & image processing and instrumentation.


    Looking For : We will be looking for people with expertise or exposure to electro-mechanical systems, with some hands-on exp of mech. CAD, preferably from the automotive domain.

  • AGV IIT Kharagpur

    We are a young, dynamic and motivated group of students officially representing Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. The team’s performance in national and international events in the past four years are testimony to the passion of the team in making India’s first economically feasible and practically viable driver less car.


    Looking For : We look forward for guidance and mentorship from experts in the field to channelize our efforts in the right direction.

  • Auro

    Team Auro, representing Auro Robotics Pvt. Ltd. in this competition, is built upon 4 years of research done by its core team on autonomous vehicles and outdoor mobile robots at IIT Kharagpur and CMU Robotics Institute. The company specializes in providing product engineering services and solutions in autonomous vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) domain.


    Looking For : We are looking for software developers with strong background in robotics. More details regarding openings are available on our website at We are also looking for industry partners who would like to co-participate with us

  • Cube26

    New Delhi

  • d-LIVE

    d-Live stands for “Driver Less Intelligent Vehicle” or in another sense “Driver Live” inside the Car. This is an official team of IIT Delhi comprised of experienced Faulty members, B.Tech, MS (R), and PhD students. 

    New Delhi

    Looking For : We are looking forward for young passionate minds to work on machine learning, computer vision and control algorithms.

  • IIT Bombay

    We are students of IIT Bombay coming together from different Engineering Streams with a passion to develop a driverless car. Our team is managed and guided under Innovation Cell, IIT Bombay.We have been working in the field of autonomous vehicles for the past three years. The name of our vehicle is SeDriCa.


  • 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.

  • OmnipresentRobot

    Our team represents Ominpresent Robot Tech, "The Ultimate Experts in Unmanned Systems". We are ably lead by our team leader Aakash Sinha (MIT TR35 and finalist at Darpa Robotics Grand Challenge), under mentorship of Dr. Raj Reddy from Carenegi Mellon University

    New Delhi

    Looking For : We are looking for people with an engineering background who are passionate about unmanned systems

  • 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.


  • Pragyaan

    A PSG initiative driving the future of mobility. We aim to create a comfortable,reliable and cost effective automation system to rediscover the way a consumer interacts with his automobile. The backing from DRDO ensures technical support giving the project a disciplined structure that can support the stage for radical ideas breeding in PSG Tech


    Looking For : We are looking for potential investors to support our dream

  • Swahana


  • 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.

  • The Concept Crew

    The concept crew is a consortium of enthusiastic professionals from Tech Mahindra, IIT Delhi, IISc  Bangalore and Mahindra-Ecole University along with few start-up leaders, We have joined hands together to make this vision possible to offer best suited  autonomous cars on Indian roads


    Looking For : We would like to invite experts from Computer Vision and Automobile Fields who has the capability to offer us alternative ways of creating 3D vision of surroundings and effective navigation control.

    Jury Team

    • Dr. Ryan C.C. Chin

      Managing Director & Research Scientist, City Science Initiative, MIT Media Lab

      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

      Visiting Professor at IIT-Gandhinagar

      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

      Principal research scientist - Mechanical Engineering department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

      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

      Professor - Machine Intelligence Unit (MIU), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

      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

      Emeritus Fellow - IIT-Delhi

      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

      Professor - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur

      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

      Professor of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras

      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

      Chief Executive — Truck & Power Train Division, and Head - Mahindra Research Valley (MRV)

      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.

    • Mandar Vartak

      Vice President, Group Strategy Office, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

      Mandar has been working in the Group Strategy Office since 2009 as Sector Anchor for Farm Sector, 2 Wheeler Sector, Systech (Auto Component) Sector, Real Estate Sector, Hospitality Sector and Defence Sector of the Mahindra Group. In this role, he supports SBUs in formulation of business strategies, leading key business projects (such as new business evaluation, market entry, profit improvement, cost reduction, process optimization, diversification, acquisitions, etc.) for sectors and corporate management and helping businesses in operationalization of strategies.

    • Dr. Aravind Bharadwaj

      Senior Vice President – Advanced Technology – Auto and Farm Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

      Dr. Aravind S. Bharadwaj is currently heading Technology, TPDS, Auto & Farm Sectors, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. at Chennai. His current interests include Commercial Vehicle Mechatronics and Telematics. He has published several papers in International Journals and Conferences and has a US patent. He is also a certified six sigma black belt and is currently the Chairman of the SIAM Task Force on Automotive Infotronics. Know More

    • Sirish Batchu

      Head of Infotronics Technology and Advance Electronics, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

      Sirish is responsible for the Technology Strategy and Development across the Automotive and Farm Sectors. He drives the strategic focus on developing relevant new technologies in advance of vehicle programs which helps in reducing time to market and launch reliable products for M&M. He also leads the Connected Vehicles Program and various innovation topics that cut across the Mahindra Group of Companies. Know More.


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