Indy Autonomous Challenge

Challenging students to simulate and race an Autonomous Racecar!

Racing around a challenging professional speedway up to 200 mph requires years of practice, experience and fearlessness. But what happens when you challenge an autonomous vehicle (AV) — trained via simulated driving scenarios — to tackle the track? That’s the epic challenge for students from around the globe!

Only by leveraging the next generation of simulation technologies can race teams — and the automotive industry — exponentially innovate to invent disruptive technologies and deliver the transportation and mobility experience of the future.

Racing to the Future of Transportation and Mobility

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) serves as a historic proving ground for America’s automotive industry, enabling engineers to test the limits of innovation, safety and speed. Energy Systems Network (ESN) and IMS is inviting university students’ from around the globe to participate in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a $1.5 million prize competition that will leverage state-of-the-art simulation to radically push the boundaries of AV innovation.

Together with the Energy Systems Network, the IMS is inviting engineering students from around the globe to participate in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a $1.5 million prize competition that will leverage state-of-the-art simulation to radically push the boundaries of AV innovation.

Students Innovating to Win with Ansys

As the exclusive simulation sponsor of the Indy Autonomous Challenge, Ansys will provide cutting-edge tools — including Ansys VRXPERIENCE Driving Simulator powered by SCANeR and Ansys SCADE Suite hosted on Microsoft Azure — together with training led by Ansys for each team, students’ will learn the fundamentals of AV technology and challenge them to develop the AI for their own autonomous racecar. Additionally, Ansys will share the race vehicles’ 3D models and conduct a virtual race with all the student’s teams race cars, providing $150,000 to the winning team.

Winning overtake move by team PoliMOVE from Hackathon 2

Competition as a driver of Innovation: Hackathons

Students from 36 different universities around the globe will compete in 4 Hackathons challenging them to train the AI embedded in the programmable logic controller of their virtual racecar. They will use Ansys to run millions of miles of racing simulations across numerous racetrack scenarios to become experts in the development of autonomous vehicles.

The big challenge for the students’ will be a virtual race simulating all the students’ racecars competing against each other on a virtual Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) racetrack to win a $150,000 prize from Ansys. But the ultimate challenge will be when students embed and optimize the AI developed for their virtual racecars into actual autonomous racecars that will compete against each other on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) at up to 200 MPH for a $1.5 million grand prize!

Follow the Students' Innovation Journey

  • Hackathon 1 - Completed

  • Hackathon 2 - Completed

  • Hackathon 3 - Jan 2021

  • Hackathon 4 - Mar 2021

  • Virtual Race with All Teams - May 2021

  • Final Track Race - Oct 2021

See How Ansys is Simulating the Future of Transportation and Mobility

As a result of this challenge, students will push the boundaries of their imagination and develop engineering skills that will be critical to building the future of mobility.

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