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University teams will race autonomous open-wheel cars at Indy for $1M

University teams will race autonomous open-wheel cars at Indy for $1M



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: