Autonomous Racecar Competition Scheduled for October at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
September 08, 2021

Pete Goldin

The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), the world's first autonomous racecar competition at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), announced events scheduled for October 23, 2021.

Activities include the Autonomous Innovation Summit (invitation-only), bringing together global thought leaders and experts from industry, academia and government to discuss the status of the autonomous technology industry and explore ways to accelerate and amplify the benefits of an autonomous mobility future. The summit will include leaders from Cisco, Bridgestone, Microsoft, Aptiv, Luminar, Dallara USA, ADLINK, AutonomouStuff/Hexagon, Schaeffler, Valvoline, Raytheon, Trucks VC, Draper, Elevate Ventures and many others.

In addition, a showcase of advanced technologies from competing university teams and IAC industry sponsors will be held on the IMS grounds. These activities will be in addition to the IAC university team racecar competition, featuring the Dallara AV-21 autonomous racecars.

Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of Energy Systems Network (ESN), one of the primary organizers of the IAC, announced the official list of university teams participating in the IAC at IMS and stated: "The Indy Autonomous Challenge began with more than 500 students registered from 41 universities. Today, we have 21 universities from 9 countries that have formed 10 teams that will participate in the final stage of the prize competition currently scheduled for October 23. These teams have overcome tremendous technology challenges to operate fully autonomous racecars and have done so despite the COVID-19 global pandemic challenges and inability to gather together as teams for most of the competition. We applaud them all and celebrate their collective achievements."

The 10 teams comprised of 21 universities competing in the Indy Autonomous Challenge include:

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

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)

IUPUI-IITKGP-USB – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (India), Universidad de San Buenaventura (Colombia)

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 Autonomous Innovation Summit, hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, will include sessions on R&D and talent development, the status of autonomous industry commercialization and investment, and the exploration of ways to accelerate and amplify the benefits of an autonomous mobility future.