On October 23, the American city of Indianapolis will host the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) race, featuring autonomous cars driven by open source software.
Ten teams from 21 universities will take part in the event. The prize fund is $ 1 million. The race will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: unmanned vehicles running on the basis of open source software will compete there.
All vehicles that will compete will run on the Robotic Operating System 2 (ROC 2) software platform and use the Autoware autonomous vehicle software. Both resources are open source products.
According to the organizers of the tournament, their goal is to promote and disseminate technologies for fully autonomous transport.
What’s really exciting about IAC’s more high-speed autonomous vehicles is the prospect that a whole generation of engineers will learn and use ROS. Advanced technology does not arise in a vacuum. Students need a common language and a set of tools to work effectively together. Done right, open source technology is driving development, and this year’s achievements are likely to be part of future competition and possibly production cars.
Katherine Scott, Open Robotics Representative
In the race, Dallara AV-21 cars are used, each participant will place an individual set of sensors on it, and use their own software for control.