Today 23 October 2021 we were part of history. Liam, Jen, Gary, and I all attended the first ever Indianapolis Autonomous Challenge. The greatest spectacle in racing hosted the first ever autonomous challenge: indycars with no human drivers in them. Some made it, some didn't, here's the story of our experience.
The Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered By Cisco (IAC), organized byEnergy Systems Network and theIndianapolis Motor Speedway, is a $1.5 million prize competition among universities to program Dallara AV-21 racecars and compete in the world’s first autonomous racecar event at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 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). These enhancements will lead to increased safety and performance in all modes of racing and commercial transportation. In addition, the competition is a platform for students to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). There are 9 teams comprised of 21 universities from 9 countries competing in the Indy Autonomous Challenge.