In a first, Pakistani team qualifies for global self-driving car contest

03:16 PM | 13 Aug, 2023
In a first, Pakistani team qualifies for global self-driving car contest
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For the first time in country’s history, a Pakistani team has successfully qualified for the self-driving car competition organised by the World Robot Olympiad (WRO).

In November, the team will proudly represent Pakistan in the WRO’23 International finals set to take place in Panama City.

The team, consisted of three talented students from Pakistan — Muhammad Hadi Saif, Ayaan Waqar, and Ali Saif — has developed an autonomous vehicle employing cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies.

Their eligibility for the competition was secured by emerging as victors in the national contest hosted by the World Robot Olympiad in Pakistan.

In the self-driving car category, participants were tasked with designing a fully self-governing vehicle capable of employing computer vision, machine learning, and a combination of radar, infrared, and sonar sensors to navigate a series of challenges outlined by the judges.

Zartaj Ahmed, who orchestrated the WRO national competition in Pakistan, stated, “This is a landmark achievement as it marks the first instance of a Pakistani team qualifying in this category.”

She further remarked, “Participation in such a demanding category is a matter of great delight, and we are thrilled that a Pakistani team is capable of competing at a global level.”

Hadi Saif, the team’s leader, expressed, “This achievement is the outcome of months of dedicated effort in crafting a truly autonomous vehicle.”

“We are confident that our AI-driven approach will position us well for success in the international competition,” Hadi Saif added.

The emergence of self-driving cars represents one of the most captivating applications stemming from recent advancements in artificial intelligence.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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