Impressive Indy Autonomous Challenge win by TUM

Written by Kfir Kedem – October 28, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

For over a century, people have been racing on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Once a year, the Indy 500, a high-speed race, is held there and has resulted in the track being one of the better-known and more prestigious circuits in the world. With innovations such as rearview mirrors being released during events, it only makes sense that more new technologies would be showcased there.

This past weekend, the Indy Autonomous Challenge was held with its winner being the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The competing teams' race cars have no pilots, but rather an Artificial Intelligence (AI) controller. Such races are extremely complex to program AIs for, as there are very limited rules on the track and the other vehicles’ behaviors are extremely unpredictable. TUM students were able to not only develop a suitable AI but even build a car that was capable of achieving the fastest lap time.

Auto Trendy’s take:

Innovation comes from racing. If not for racing then we wouldn’t have rearview mirrors, active suspension, or regenerative braking in electric and hybrid cars. These are just a few of the many examples. Autonomous cars will be a part of our future and teams such as TUM’s are helping develop the technology needed to effectively transfer the self-driving capabilities onto road cars.