Nine teams comprising students from 21 universities are headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week to compete as finalists in the Indy Autonomous Challenge. The teams' autonomous open-wheel cars will compete for $1 million in prize money care of a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
The race track has long been a testbed for on-road vehicle technology, and autonomy is no exception. "[T]he 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)," the IAC says.
The teams are:
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, with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (India), Universidad de San Buenaventura (Colombia)
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)
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 prize money will go to the teams' respective university programs to help fund research into autonomous tech. Everybody's favorite
definitely-not-a-sentient-murder-bot robotic dog, Spot from Boston Dynamics, will be the event's official flag-waver.
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