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Driverless Cars Set to Race at Indy Speedway


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concept art for the Dallara-produced IL-15

All teams in the challenge must use the Dallara-produced IL-15 retrofitted with hardware and controls to enable automation.

Credit: Energy Systems Network

More than three dozen universities from around the world have signed up for the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October 2021 featuring self-driving racing cars. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and the Graz University of Technology in Austria are among those who have signed up to participate.

The race is designed as a head-to-head, 20-lap contest, in which teams must cross the finish line in under 25 minutes. At stake is a $1.5 million cash prize, but organizers and participants say that the real goal of the competition is to catapult autonomous vehicle technology forward.

The teams will develop the neural nets, computer vision and other artificial intelligence systems that will allow the cars to race at high speeds.

This will be the first time autonomous vehicles will be subjected to the pressures of professional racing conditions, with speeds of up to 200 miles an hour and the need for split-second decision-making.

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