Nine teams comprising students from 21 universities are headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week to compete as finalists in the Indy Autonomous Challenge. The teams’ autonomous open-wheel cars will compete for $1 million in prize money care of a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
The race track has long been a testbed for on-road vehicle technology, and autonomy is no exception. “[T]he primary goal of the IAC is to advance technology that can speed the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and deployments of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS),” the IAC says.
The teams are:
- AI Racing Tech, University of Hawai’i, University of California San Diego
- Autonomous Tiger Racing, Auburn University
- Black & Gold Autonomous Racing, Purdue University, United States Military Academy at West Point, with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (India), Universidad de San Buenaventura (Colombia)
- Cavalier Autonomous Racing, University of Virginia
- EuroRacing, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), University of Pisa (Italy), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
- KAIST, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
- MIT-PITT-RW, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Waterloo (Canada)
- PoliMOVE, Politecnico di Milano (Italy), University of Alabama
- TUM Autonomous Motorsport, Technische Universität München (Germany)
The prize money will go to the teams’ respective university programs to help fund research into autonomous tech. Everybody’s favorite
definitely-not-a-sentient-murder-bot robotic dog, Spot from Boston Dynamics, will be the event’s official flag-waver.
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