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2020 Canadian Automated Snow Plow Competition – Call for Participation

CAVCOE is hosting and organizing the 2020 Canadian Automated Snow Plow Competition in Canada. 

Autonomous snow plows are a next-generation engineering challenge that have tremendous economic and social potential.  The aim of this student competition is to provide an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills from the classroom to a tangible real-world problem, and to develop technical and business skills required to excel in today’s high-tech world.

Registration for the competition is open to teams from Canadian post-secondary education institutions. Registered student teams are required to develop a scale-model of an autonomous or semi-autonomous snow plow vehicle capable of completing several snow plow style tasks. 

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team of each Competition round – Phase 1 and Phase 2!

To Register Your Team:

  • To register or for more information, please write to [email protected]
  • February 7, 2020 deadline for teams to indicate their intent to participate in the competition

Important Competition Info:

  • Competition rules and technical details are available in the Concept of Operations (Conops) document located at:
  • Phase 1 Report:
    • February 28, 2020: registered teams to deliver a report with the technical design (approximately 10 pages) to the competition judge panel.
  • Phase 2 Onsite Competition:
    • May 2-3, 2020: teams to be present at the Ottawa L5 Automated Vehicle Test Facility in Ottawa, ON to make a presentation on their design, demonstrate their vehicles and compete with the other teams.

The Problem
A major snowstorm has dumped a metre of snow on Ottawa Ontario just in time for the City’s annual Winter Expo. What to do? Fortunately, an R&D company you have co-founded is developing autonomous ground vehicles. Your company has developed an autonomous snow plow and think this is a great opportunity to test the prototype.  Your company offers to help the city with this emergency and the city has accepted, provided that your team-mates are available to operate it. Your company accepts the challenge.

The Challenge
Teams must develop a snow plow capable of completing a number of snow clearing tasks that may involve recognition of objects, detecting and avoiding hazardous conditions, path-finding and avoiding people and cars. Additionally, teams will be required to present a business case for their design. Teams will be scored on their design, their business pitch, and their snow plow’s ability to complete one or more challenges.

To Register, or for more information, please contact:
Barrie Kirk  [email protected]


David Mosley

Competition Project Manager

2020 Canadian Automated Snow Plow Competition

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