Unmanned and AI: Indy Challenge Takes Autonomous to Big Track

When I saw that there was a plan for a whole bunch of unmanned, semi-autonomous racecars to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indy, or IMS) racetrack, I initially thought we might be headed to one significant mess of broken-up machines and potentially a lot of damage. I tracked the various announcements of the competition as things progressed, especially when a prize of $1 million dollars was put up by the Lilly Endowment in Indianapolis, and the majority of the field appeared to be potentially staffed by undergrad university teams.

However, this isn’t the first time we’ve had unmanned, autonomous road vehicles in competition — we’ve seen highly instrumented SUVs in desert settings in Nevada and California, initially with pretty poor results, which began to improve significantly for the second time round, then vehicles in some simulated street settings with some mixed and also some pretty good results.

Read more in GPS World article. https://www.gpsworld.com/unmanned-and-ai-indy-challenge-takes-autonomous-to-big-track/?utm_source=Autonomous+Arena&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=NCMCD211111003&oly_enc_id=1784A2382467C6V

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