System: VNR: UH Competing For $ 1 Million In The Indy Driverless Car Race

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WHAT: The University of Hawaii will take on the best in the world in the first-ever autonomous auto racing event. The Indy Autonomous Challenge competition at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is like any other motor racing competition, minus the need for someone behind the wheel.

The race is 20 laps with a goal of crossing the finish line in 25 minutes or less, requiring an average speed of 120 miles per hour. The first team will win $ 1 million, the second will win $ 250,000, and the third will win $ 50,000.

WHO: UH’s team, UH AI Racing Tech, was created through a UH Maui College Spring 2020 course on Autonomous Vehicle Technology. Gary Passon, the course instructor, partnered with UH Mānoa College of Engineering to provide additional expertise and provide students with a hands-on learning experience.

HOW? ‘OR’ WHAT: In self-driving car racing, the driver of each car is replaced by a variety of sensors that act as the vehicle’s eyes and ears, and a powerful computer to make the many path planning, tactical, and strategic decisions needed to deliver. maximum performance of the vehicle. The system is an example of artificial intelligence, which forces engineers to create algorithms to program the car to generate human behaviors and interpret complex sensor data.

WHEN: October 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be streamed live on the Indy Autonomous Challenge website and on Twitch @IndyAChallenge. Coverage begins at 7:00 a.m. (Hawai’i Standard Time) with the start of the race at 7:30 a.m.

Additional details:

  • UH qualified for the race through an extensive process that included testing its software in an advanced simulation system against other teams in May 2021.

  • One of the main goals of autonomous motor racing is the emphasis on safety.

  • Passon said that programming cars to travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour in a safe manner will make it easier for companies to program self-driving cars to travel on regular routes.

  • UH is one of 10 international and US-based teams competing, which include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Auburn University.

BROLL VIDEO: (1:53)

0: 00-0: 42 – the last autonomous car

0: 42-1: 53 – work on the autonomous car before the final wrap is placed on the car

SOUND EXTRACTS:

Lillian Shibata, UH AI Racing team member and UH Mānoa mechanical engineering junior

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“When you think of a car, you think of a driver. But with an autonomous car, we don’t have a driver. It’s completely, no driver, only sensors and machines on the car itself.

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“What all of us in the team are hoping to achieve is really gain some valuable experience of that, because being one of the top 10 teams for this race is really a big deal.”


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