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May 15, 2020

Racing's History of Innovation Expands to Autonomous Cars

The exciting world of race cars and day-to-day driving have shared a long-standing symbiotic relationship. The innovations on the track translate directly into innovations on the highway.

For instance, improvements in speed and safety on numerous race cars has led to improvements for consumer cars. In fact, the history of the rear-view mirror can be traced back to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

Douglas Boles, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation (IMS) is responsible for operations and expansion of IMS.


Simulation World will feature Douglas Boles, president and CEO
of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. He will discuss
how racing leads to innovations in consumer cars and
will lead the way to autonomous vehicles.

Specifically, he oversees all three world-class racing events at the facility, including:
  • The Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge
  • The Indycar Grand Prix
  • The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

Boles is the expert on the historic role IMS has played in the automotive industry. At Simulation World, he will outline how IMS relentlessly advances next-generation vehicle technologies through the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC).


Indy Autonomous Challenge to Help Innovate and Commercialize Self-Driving Cars

The IAC will host 37 university teams from around the world, in a race to win $1.5 million.

These teams will compete in the world’s first high-speed, head-to-head race of autonomous vehicles. Even more exciting, the event will take place on the oval of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


The IAC will race autonomous cars.

The aim of IAC is to help accelerate autonomous technology development to expedite commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles. But along the way, it’s sure to also innovate the advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that are already saving lives on roadways.

To learn more about the history of automotive innovation at IMS and how the IAC will bring new innovations and technology to the autonomous age, register for Simulation World and watch Boles’ presentation: Accelerating the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution with a 100+ Year History of Innovation.

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