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Team PoliMOVE Wins Indy Autonomous Challenge in Texas

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November 16, 2022

Team PoliMOVE has won The Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered by Cisco at Texas Motor Speedway, competing in a field of six autonomous racing teams. The competition, held on Nov. 11, marked the third autonomous racing competition organized by the Indy Autonomous Challenge, and was the first one to be held at Texas Motor Speedway. Teams competed at speeds that topped 140 mph, with the addition of unseasonably cold and wet weather conditions that dropped track temperatures to near freezing.

The Rules of the IAC Competition consisted of a single elimination tournament with multiple rounds of head-to-head passing matches culminating in a championship round. AV-21 racecars took turns playing the role of Leader (Defender) and Passer/Follower (Attacker), with passes attempted at ever increasing speeds until one or both cars were unable to successfully complete a pass. The PoliMOVE team ultimately bestedAI Racing Tech (comprised of students and faculty from University of Hawaii, with the University of California, San Diego, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of California, Berkeley) who took second place, in the final round.

“This race was particularly critical for testing under adverse weather conditions, and other track challenges we all encountered,” said Sergio Savaresi, team lead of Politecnico di Milano. “We had the scary, but thrilling opportunity to see in action our AI driver perform very critical high-speed crash-avoidance maneuvers in both our semi-final and final rounds. The IAC platform pushed the boundaries of autonomous driving during this challenge in a direction that can be particularly useful for the safety of future autonomous cars.” Team PoliMOVE won the IAC held earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas, and 

The IAC is working to accelerate the pace of innovation for high-speed automation, with a goal to attract the best and brightest minds in the workforce, serving as a platform for students to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and inspire the next generation of innovators. Collaborating with partners like Cisco, the IAC aims to increase safety and performance in not only motorsports, but across all modes of commercial transportation.

“We came to the Texas Motor Speedway – one of the world’s most iconic racetracks – to showcase how the IAC is testing limits and redefining what’s possible for the future of autonomous technology,” said Paul Mitchell, president of the Indy Autonomous Challenge. “What made this challenge particularly exciting was the fact that we got to do this in front of 1,800 local STEM students who had the opportunity to see teams test the limits of autonomous driving. The unexpected challenge of racing in near freezing temperatures, after a morning of heavy rain, proved the robustness of the AI driver software of our teams, and the durability of the hardware provided by our industry sponsors.”

Cisco said it enabled all critical in-vehicle and car-to-trackside connectivity for the competing Dallara AV-21 racecars usingCisco Ultra-Reliable Wireless Backhaul andCisco industrial switching technology.

TheCisco STEM Zone, an activation for North Texas students, drew 1,800 participants from local robotics, AI and STEM clubs to engage in exhibitions, interactive programming, and other innovative activities catered to the next generation of innovators.

“I had the privilege of interacting with dozens of students in the Cisco STEM Zone and their enthusiasm was infectious. It was inspiring to hear how excited they are about what’s possible with connectivity and automation,” said Wes Sylvester, vice president, Industry Solutions Group, Cisco. “We get to inspire the next generation in STEM and give them the tools to innovate the future. I’m confident that with the power of Cisco technology and the enthusiasm from younger generations, we will continue delivering next-gen automation capabilities not only in transportation, but also in industries like manufacturing, mining, ports and more.”

Six teams qualified to compete in The Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered by Cisco at Texas Motor Speedway, including:

For more details on the event, visit the Indy Autonomous Challenge website here. The IAC will return to CES 2023 in Las Vegas in January 2023.

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