Hey Autoware (and ROS) community! If you haven’t met me before, I’m Josh Whitley, the System Architect for the Autoware Foundation. I wanted to get some new info out there regarding Autoware.Auto and our first live demonstration - Autonomous Valet Parking (AVP)! The dates have been chosen, the maps have been made, and the software is almost there - we just need your help to complete it! Here’s a run-down of the currently-planned dates and activities for the first Autoware.Auto Virtual Hack-a-thon and AVP Demo 2020:
- September 18, 2020
- Planned code freeze for major components (localization, planning, perception, control, and vehicle interface)
- September 19 - 27, 2020
- Integration work and on-vehicle testing/tuning
- September 28 - October 1, 2020
- Virtual Hack-a-thon
- October 2, 2020
- AVP Demo
Virtual Hack-a-thon (September 28 - October 1)
So, you’re probably asking yourself, “What’s a virtual hack-a-thon?” Well, the basic idea is that we want to give participating developers some heads-down time like any hack-a-thon but replace the in-person troubleshooting, development questions, and chat with as much online interaction as possible! Every day during the hack-a-thon, we will have (at least) one hour-long video chat with all interested participants. In addition, we’ll be hanging out on Autoware’s Slack (join channel
#avp-hackathon once you’ve created your account here). Finally, we want to make sure that everything works as expected with both your contributions and our existing code so we’ll be live-streaming our in-vehicle testing! More details regarding the specific goals of the hack-a-thon and how to participate will be posted to this Discourse thread soon.
AVP 2020 Demo Day (October 2)
Due to our current, nasty global situation and the dangerous circumstances in California, we will be limiting the in-person participation at the Demo Day to only a few engineers and camera crew. However, I will be doing my best to keep the Slack channel updated on our progress, regardless of the outcome. Finally, after the day of demos and recording is over, the marketing team collaborating on the event will produce a nice marketing video that we’ll share with everyone.
We hope to see everyone online for the hack-a-thon and feel free to respond here or hit me up on Slack if you have questions!