The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) race car set a new world land speed record of 192.2 mph (309.3 km/h) over 1,000 meters (0.62 miles). Developed by the PoliMOVE team from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and the University of Alabama (USA), the self-driving race car hit the track on a space shuttle landing strip at the Space Center NASA historical Kennedy.
Harnessing the Dallara AV-21, the PoliMOVE team set out to push the boundaries of a boosted engine package in trials. The upgraded engine assembly, capable of delivering 30% more power than previous models, will be on all IAC race cars in the future.
“Congratulations to the PoliMOVE team for making the Dallara AV-21 the fastest autonomous racing car in the world”, said Andrea Pontremoli, CEO and Managing Director of Dallara. “This record-breaking race sets a new bar for the top speed capabilities of autonomous competition vehicles, and we are excited to be a part of that future. Dallara is also very proud to partner with leading software and engineering industries in collaboration with the world’s top universities to contribute to the development of fully autonomous transport.
The Dallara AV-21 Race Car features hardware and controls that enable automation. This includes three Luminar Hydra LiDARs, optical cameras, sensors, autonomous actuators, plus additional batteries needed to power additional wiring and sensors.
IAC strives to establish a hub for performance automation in the state and harnesses the power of competition by prize to attract the best and brightest minds from around the world to advance the technology of state-of-the-art in terms of safety and performance. automated vehicles. The IAC competition has certainly generated a lot of interest around the world, with 41 university teams already entered.
IAC’s primary goal is to solve real-world problems by advancing technology that will accelerate the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and the deployment of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Pushing the boundaries for the entire autonomous community and helping to increase safety and performance is of crucial importance, not only in motorsport, but in all modes of commercial transport.
Teacher. Sergio Savaresi, team leader of the Politecnico di Milano mentioned, “We were using a car that runs purely on algorithms, where precision is paramount, and any small error in prediction could have created a completely different result. This test has been exhilarating and we are delighted with the world record, but we are also delighted that this data will be made available to all and that the industry will benefit from our work and learnings.