Self-driving cars will participate in the IndyCar racing seriesJanuary 13, 2021
The iconic Borg-Warner Trophy features images of every rider to win the 500-mile (805 km) Indianapolis race. The new race is scheduled for October 2021 with the participation of self-driving cars, that is, without a human driver sitting in the cockpit.
Self-driving cars will take part in a high-speed, autonomous competition with 20 laps in Indianapolis. Cars with an open cockpit will race without drivers using student-created software. The Indy Autonomous Challenge has unveiled a high-tech racing car that will be used by varsity teams in the “world’s first high-speed autonomous face-to-face race.”
The racing car is based on the Dallara IL-15 and has been modified for autonomous use. The organizers did not go into details, but said the car is equipped with advanced on-board computing systems, in-car communication technologies, sensing systems, high-performance GPUs and vehicle control technology.
The model is also equipped with powerful central processing units that will run autonomous driving software created by various teams. This is the crux of the problem, as autonomous race cars will have to deal with “extreme scenarios” that “only occur under extreme operating conditions such as avoiding unexpected obstacles at high speeds”.
The ultimate goal of auto racing is “advanced technology that can accelerate the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems, leading to improved safety and productivity.”
“Self-driving cars are the next challenge in automotive technology and a big leap must be made. What could be better than a high-speed race on the best race track in the world? The Dallar-built IAC race car is the most advanced and fastest autonomous vehicle ever built, ”said Paul Mitchell, co-organizer of the Indy Autonomous Challenge.
More than 500 college students, as well as PhDs and mentors, will compete for the top honors in one of the world’s most technologically advanced races. It will be attended by 39 teams from universities in 14 US states, as well as 11 countries. The new software “can provide precise control of vehicles at high speeds during competitions and subsequently reduce deaths and pollution on public roads.”
“If we can accelerate to 386 km / h and avoid car collisions on the track, we can certainly make the highways safer,” said Mark Miles, president of Penske Entertainment, which owns the Indy circuit and the IndyCar racing series.
Simulation software races are scheduled for late May, while race car training days at Speedway are scheduled for early June and early September. Preparations for the race will begin on October 19 with a final race of 20 laps on October 23. All teams retain the rights to their software, and the winning team will receive a $ 1 million prize.
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