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Oxford UK - January 2019



Last month, participants gathered for the first Autoware Hackathon at StreetDrone’s headquarters and production facility in central Oxford. The invitational 3-day event hosted 16 coders from various industries, interested in Autoware self-driving software and wider autonomous driving technology. Among the attendees of this first official gathering, were both StreetDrone vehicle owners and members of the Autoware community, who all took the opportunity to meet other members and spend three days exchanging ideas and discussing issues.


The event saw the attendees jointly tackle key development challenges and develop exciting new features around Autoware. Following an initial scoping session the attendees focused specifically on the following key areas:


Intro - People that were not familiar with Autoware and its tools, had the chance to get answers to their questions and have their systems set up and running.


Platform variations - A team formed during the event, that dealt with the building of the docker in various platforms (ARM, iOS etc)


Vehicle Interface - A team focused on improving the communication between StreetDrone vehicles and Autoware through Linux and ROS. This improvement on the interface and protocol should allow Autoware developers to have a smoother integration with a readily available test vehicle, to validate and improve their work in the real world.

Vehicle simulation - Building on initial URDF modelling work from StreetDrone, attendees were able to integrate the StreetDrone Twizy model into their virtual Gazebo world and use it. The team experimented with Autoware-compatible sensor models to provide a complete sim environment for initial testing of the Autoware stack.


Gazebo Docker - For an easy start-up of the simulation package, a docker file was built that includes the URDF Gazebo and runs the URDF model.


On the closing day, the attendees shared their respective progress and defined goals for the next Autoware Hackathon. It was also agreed, to grow the community and accelerate developments, with similar open events would be held about every 3 months, leading to greater collaborations between existing members and newcomers.

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