Self-driving cars: The future of Formula racing

The Formula team at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa recently unveiled its new car which for the first time, was an autonomous electric vehicle (A-EV).

 The Formula Technion Team. From right to left, standing: Itamar Ventura, Keren Grinberg, Sharon Goldstein, Muans Omari, Doron Shpigel, Dima Abu Romi, Ayham Abu Eid and Ahmad Rabi. Bottom: Salman Abdalla, Oriel Mizrahi. (photo credit: NITZAN ZOHAR/TECHNION SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE)
The Formula Technion Team. From right to left, standing: Itamar Ventura, Keren Grinberg, Sharon Goldstein, Muans Omari, Doron Shpigel, Dima Abu Romi, Ayham Abu Eid and Ahmad Rabi. Bottom: Salman Abdalla, Oriel Mizrahi.
(photo credit: NITZAN ZOHAR/TECHNION SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE)

Electric and autonomous vehicles have been recognized as the future instead of those that run on gasoline – even in car racing. The Formula team at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa recently unveiled its new car that for the first time, was an autonomous electric vehicle (A-EV).

The car world of today is shifting to electric and autonomous vehicles, and the Formula Student competitions have embraced this trend.

Team leader Muans Omari

The Formula Technion project

The Formula team at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa recently unveiled its new autonomous electric vehicle (A-EV).

The Formula Technion project, established in 2012 in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, has grown steadily and today the project is open to students from a variety of Technion faculties who are collaborating to build a car for Formula Student competitions in Europe.

So far, the cars built by the Formula Technion teams have met with great success in these competitions, and now they hope its first-ever A-EV will do so as well.

“Making the transition from an internal combustion engine to an electric propulsion system is far from easy and took a lot of work and learning," team leader Muans Omari said.

"But we believe in our chances of achieving good results in the upcoming competitions, which will be taking place in Germany and Spain.”

 The unveiling ceremony for the new Formula Vehicle. (credit: NITZAN ZOHAR/TECHNION SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE) The unveiling ceremony for the new Formula Vehicle. (credit: NITZAN ZOHAR/TECHNION SPOKESPERSON'S OFFICE)

Formula Student competition

The Formula Student competition is a platform for new technological developments. Teams are tested and their performance is rated based on a combination of engineering challenges plus driving skills demonstrated on the track. The goal of the project is to enable engineering students – and those in other fields – to acquire practical knowledge in planning as well as manufacturing, and in this way, to prepare them for professional life.

Last year, following travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, the Israeli Formula Student Race was inaugurated, with the participation of the Technion, Tel Aviv University, and Ben-Gurion University. The Technion team won first place.