Eleventh Annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition

Autonomous Snowplow Competition


The purpose of this competition is to challenge university and college students, as well as the general public, to design, build, and operate a fully autonomous snowplow to remove snow from a designated path. The objectives of this competition include encouraging students and individuals to utilize the state of the art in navigation and control technologies to rapidly, accurately, and safely clear a path of snow.

There are many objectives of the Autonomous Snowplow Competition including:
★ Encourage
By encouraging the use of math and science to solve every day life’s problems, the competition helps students,
young and old, see the value of these skills, and how they can be applied to practical engineering solutions.

★ Advance
By selecting a sufficiently difficult and challenging real-world problem, the competition seeks to advance the
state of the art in several areas of vehicle navigation and control.

★ Promote
By demonstrating the uses of navigation-based technologies in real-world applications, the competition provides
a means of promoting the capabilities and increasing the awareness of the ION and its membership

★ Outreach
Provide outreach to the general public community of the ION organization and its contributions to our society.

★ Coordinate, Cooperate, Collaborate
With the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021, the objectives have been expanded to encourage schools to work together towards a common goal while keeping their distance,
allowing team members to continue their experience of technology development even while potentially being isolated from others.

This year’s event will be held virtually for the safety of all participants.

2021 Competitors & Vehicle Names:
Case Western Reserve University | OTTO XI
Dunwoody College of Technology | Snow Devils 10112
Dunwoody College of Technology | Wendigo 2021
Iowa State University | Roboplow
Lake Area Technical Institute | Frozone #1
Lake Area Technical Institute | Frozone #2
North Dakota State University | Frosty the Snow Plow
Minnesota State University
Unversite’ Laval | VAUL
University of Michigan, Dearborn | Yeti XI
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Snow Squirrel
University of Ottawa


General Public


February 8-12, 2021


Virtual event information to come.
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