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Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis

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An autonomous car on the track.

The winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not a driver but an algorithm; the top car clocked an average speed of 218 km/h (135 mph).

Credit: Ed Jones/AFP

The Indy Autonomous Challenge in Indianapolis made history as the first racing competition between driverless vehicles, with a team from Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) claiming a $1-million prize.

TUM’s car beat the EuroRacing team's Dallara IL-15 over two laps, although the Dallara achieved the fastest lap time ever recorded for an autonomous car, at 139 mph (223 kph).

Each autonomous car used sensors, cameras, radar, and a global positioning system.

The TUM team's Alexander Wischnewski said their car's 135 mph (218 kph) average speed "is not far away from what human drivers do" with the same vehicle.

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