Pittsburgh is currently one of the major hubs for the development of autonomous vehicles. Thus, we decided to create an autonomous car simulator to educate and inspire programmers to explore the world of self-driving vehicles and develop their coding abilities.
What it does
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
We ran into challenges in rendering the graphics in html and creating the underlying physics engine. We also had issues with collision detection and interpreting the user's code and translating that into motion for the vehicle. Overall, we ran into challenges in every step of the process, and had to experiment and refine in order to find the solution
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are very proud of realizing our idea of creating a simple interface for programmers to experiment with programming autonomous vehicle. Our goal was to generate interest in this field, because we believe that this is the future, and I think that our simulator communicates the general sense of working with driverless cars. In addition, we are most proud of overcoming the many challenges that came up and getting this concept build under the time constraints
What we learned
We learned about Pixi.js, which we believe has many applications, especially in generating captivating graphics and motion. Also we learned about game design, and UI design as well.
What's next for Drive
There are definitely many ways to refine Drive in terms to creating better visuals and refining the motion and physics. We also would like to design specific levels that constantly challenge the programmer, such as moving obstacles.