CARLA Autonomous Driving Challenge

Challenge 2020


The CARLA Autonomous Driving Challenge 2020 is organized as part of the Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving Workshop at NeurIPS 2020. This competition is open to any participant from academia and industry. You only need to sign up on the CARLA AD Leaderboard, providing your team name and your institution.

Important: Teams without a clear institution will not be allowed in the CARLA Challenge.


This challenge leverages the existing CARLA AD Leaderboard platform to evaluate submissions. The main goal of the challenge remains the assessment of the driving proficiency of autonomous agents in realistic traffic situations, as defined in the leaderboard mechanics.

The challenge follows the same structure and rules defined for the CARLA AD Leaderboard. You can participate in any of the two available tracks: SENSORS and MAP, using the canonical sensors available for the challenge.

Important: You are not allowed to make use of any privilege information offered by the CARLA simulator, including world coordinates, planners, or any type of ground truth. Submissions using these features will be rejected and teams will be banned from the platform.

The mechanics of the challenge

The mechanics of the CARLA AD Challenge are the same as the ones defined for the CARLA AD Leaderboard. In a nutshell:

  1. Get familiar with the task by reading the leaderboard introduction.
  2. Learn how to create a new agent by reading the get started guide.
  3. Sign up to the challenge.
  4. Learn how to make a successful submission.
  5. Submit your agent.
  6. Make your submission public before the Challenge closure date (see timeline below).

Important: All submissions made public on the CARLA AD Leaderboard within the Challenge opening and closure dates will be considered for the CARLA AD Challenge.

The top-1 submissions of each track will be invited to present their results at the Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving Workshop. Additionally, all participants are invited to submit a technical report (up to 4 pages) describing their submissions. Based on the novelty and originality of these technical reports, the organization will select up to two teams to present their work at the workshop.


Challenge opening October 6th 2020, 00:00 PDT
Challenge closure November 25th 2020, 23:00 PDT
Winners of each track are notified November 26th 2020, 23:00 PDT
Technical report submission November 26th 2020, 23:00 PDT
Accepted technical report notification November 29th 2020, 23:00 PDT
Video presentation submission December 6th 2020, 23:00 PDT
Results presented at ML4AD workshop December 11th, 2020

News and help

If you have any doubts or questions about the CARLA AD Challenge or the leaderboard, please contact us using of the following channels:

We will contact registered teams with official news and updates by e-mail.

Previous events

Find more information about the CARLA AD Challenge 2019, held at CVPR 2019.