January 8, 2022

IndyChallenge PolyMOV400x275Team PoliMOVE, with participants from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and the University of Alabama has won the Autonomous Challenge @ CES, a continuation of last year’s Indy Autonomous Challenge that pitted autonomous race cars in a head-to-head competition. Held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a field of five teams from five countries representing seven universities, PoliMOVE took home the $150,000 grand prize.

TUM Autonomous Motorsport from the Technische Universitat Munchen (Germany) took home second place, earning $50,000. The TUM team was the winner of the $1 million challenge held in October 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The rules of the competition required each team to qualify in a high-speed autonomous racecar time trial, determining their seed in the head-to-head passing competition. The IAC teams raced the Dallara AV-21. PoliMOVE competed against TUM Autonomous MOtorsport in the final round of the competition, and was able to set the fastest speed record on an oval with a top speed of 173 mph.

“Today was the real birth of autonomous racing,” said Prof. Sergio Savaresi, team lead of Politecnico di Milano. “The real high-speed multi-agent racing was pushed to its very limits. The research on autonomous cars will certainly benefit from this historic milestone.”

The primary goal of the challenge was to solve real-world problems by advancing technology to speed the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and deployments of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), organizers said. Pushing limits for the entire community to help increase safety and performance was critical, not only in motorsports, but across all commercial transportation modes.

“We came to CES this week, the world’s most influential technology innovation event, to showcase to the world how this competition is catapulting autonomous technologies forward,” said Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of Energy Systems, one of the organizers of the event. “We’re harnessing the power of prize competitions to attract the best and the brightest minds from around the globe to further the state-of-the-art technology in safety and performance of automated vehicles, and the teams did just that today with another historic competition.”

Initially, 41 university teams signed up to compete more than two years ago, representing top engineering and technology programs from 14 U.S. states and 11 countries. Nine teams from eight countries, representing 19 universities, came to Las Vegas to compete, including:

  • AI Racing Tech* - University of Hawai'i (Hawai'i), University of California San Diego (California)
  • Autonomous Tiger Racing- Auburn University (Alabama)
  • Black & Gold Autonomous Racing* - Purdue University (Indiana) and United States Military Academy at West Point (New York)
  • Cavalier Autonomous Racing* - University of Virginia (Virginia)
  • KAIST- Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)
  • MIT-PITT-RW*- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts), University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Rochester Institute of Technology (New York), University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • PoliMOVE - Politecnico di Milano (Italy), University of Alabama (Alabama)
  • TII EuroRacing - University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), Technology Innovation Institute (United Arab Emirates)
  • TUM Autonomous Motorsport - Technische Universität München (Germany)

Teams with * did not advance to the Friday finals.

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