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Indy Autonomous Challenge

High-speed university competitions to advance technology to speed commercialization of autonomous transportation.

Value Proposition

The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) is a non-profit corporation based in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA) which organizes racing competitions among university-affiliated teams representing 18 universities from around the world. Teams program AI drivers to pilot fully autonomous IAC racecars and compete in a series of history-making events at iconic tracks. Based in Indiana, the IAC is working to establish a hub for performance automation in the state and is harnessing the power of innovative competitions to attract the best and the brightest minds from around the globe to further state-of-the-art technology in safety and performance of automated vehicles. The IAC started as a $1 million prize competition with 31 university teams signing up to compete more than three years ago, representing top engineering and technology programs from 15 U.S. states and 11 countries.

Technology Description

The Indy Autonomous Challenge collaborates with global tier-1 universities to develop a Modular Platform for Autonomous Stack Deployment. This involves deployment in high-speed scenarios (greater than 100mph). The IAC engineers specialize in autonomous systems integration while the university teams hone their skills in developing the AI driver Software.

The Autoware Foundations’ open-source SIM allows the IAC to expand its funnel of talented and ambitious university students who may not have access to closed-source high-fidelity simulation tools to test and validate their driver models.