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Self-driving car contest gets in gear

Update: October, 27/2017 - 14:25
A car model displayed at the kick-off ceremony in Hà Nội on Thursday. - VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI - FPT officially launched the technology contest the “Digital Race 2017 – 2018” with the theme of self-driving cars on Thursday.

The contest is open to all university students nationwide.

The winning team will receive a total prize of VNĐ450 million, including a one-week trip to Japan to experience and learn about new technology, and will be directly recruited by FPT Software.

Contestants will have the chance to research, create and experience the latest self-driving technology, valued at over VNĐ4 billion.

The organisation board will receive registration from October 26 to November 15. The final round is expected to be held in mid-April next year.

Each team consists of three to four members. To participate, contestants register at or

The contest will be held in Hà Nội, Đà Nẵng and HCM City.

"The first season of the Digital Race last year attracted more than 500 students from 26 universities nationwide. The race proved students’ interest and aptitude, boosting the passion for learning, updating and practicing new technologies in the world for Vietnamese students,” said Bùi Quang Ngọc, FPT general director.

“This year, FPT will create conditions for candidates to approach more practical situations," he added.

This year’s contest might be tougher than last year’s, particularly in the final round, when contestants must programme their cars to run in simulated outdoor light or to read traffic signs. — VNS


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