IndyCar racing is about to change into a lot safer … for people.
Throughout a digital CES occasion on Monday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveiled an autonomous race automobile that 30 college groups will develop software program for and race face to face on the observe on Oct. 23.
Long-established after the DARPA Grand Problem autonomous off-road races of the mid-2000s, the Indy Autonomous Problem is supposed to assist drive the event of self-driving expertise.
Primarily based on the Indy Lights Dallara IL-15, the cockpit of the open-wheel racer has been crammed with sensors that may enable the automobile to drive itself across the 2.5-mile observe.
The primary automobile to finish the 20-lap, 50-mile race in below 25 minutes will earn its crew $1 million, whereas prizes of $250,000 and $50,000 can be paid to second and third place.
The successful time would require a mean pace of over 120 mph, which is roughly half the report pace of 236 mph recorded for one racing lap throughout an Indy 500.