spectators who were wearing red clothing and any red
signs on the perimeter of the snowfield to avoid the
robot halting at the wrong times.
Upon completion of the Triple-I event, the teams
were given the option of participating in the
Collaborative Operational Challenge. The goal of this
additional event was to have two plows operating and
clearing snow from the same field in conjunction with
each other, while avoiding contact with one another.
This year’s ASC was hosted by the Institute of
Navigation and supported by many corporate sponsors.
Two of the new sponsors for ASC 2018 were Western
Plow (a division of Douglas Dynamics) and Left Hand
Robotics. Both companies had representatives present
at the event.
Left Hand Robotics recently launched a commercial
autonomous snow thrower that uses differential GPS for
navigation and a rotating brush to remove snow. The
company’s attendees and operation vehicles gave
several impressive demonstrations throughout the
weekend. Student participants especially enjoyed seeing
first-hand the relationship between the technologies
they developed for the competition vehicles and those
being used in the commercial industry.
Additional sponsors for the 2018 ASC were:
Honeywell International, Inc., ASTER Labs, Inc., Orbital
ATK, Inc., Oshkosh Airport Products, The Toro Company,
SICK, Inc., US Bank Corp., Twin Cities division of AIAA,
ANSYS Inc., ARCS, and SERVO Magazine.
After scores were tallied, the results of the
comprehensive four-event competition resulted in the
• First place was awarded to the University of
Minnesota’s Snow Squirrel. The first place prize included
$7,000 and a Golden Snow Globe Award.
• Second place was awarded to Dunwoody College
of Technology “Wendigo 2018.” The second place prize
included $4,000 and a Silver Snow Globe Award.
• Third place was awarded to North Dakota State
University “THUNDAR 2.0.” The third place prize
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TEAM “CYPLOW.”
DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY TEAM
“SNOW DEVILS 10002.”
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