Toyota Mobility Foundation, ESN announce first mobility pilot technologies and collaborators for Indiana Future Mobility District Initiative

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00February 25, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 25, 2021) -- Today, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and Energy Systems Network (ESN) announce the first two deployments of the Future Mobility District initiative. The Future Mobility District initiative, established in collaboration with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), aims to foster innovation through industry partnerships and propel research and development in advanced mobility technologies in Indiana. TMF has established the Future Mobility District initiative in support of Toyota’s mission of Mobility for All and commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in this case to the Goal # 11 of Sustainable Cities and Communities. The Future Mobility District will support deployments focused on improving overall movement of people and goods to validate their role in the changing mobility ecosystem. Designed with local community input, this human-centered framework will facilitate implementation activities and commercialization of an [...]

Indy Autonomous Challenge unveils racecar for world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00January 11, 2021|

WATCH the unveiling of the official Indy Autonomous Challenge racecar. INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 11, 2021) – Energy Systems Network (ESN) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), organizers of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), today unveiled the official racecar that will be autonomously driven by scores of university teams in the world’s first high-speed, head-to-head autonomous race at the Racing Capital of the World on Oct. 23, 2021. The primary goal of the IAC is to advance technologies that can speed the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), leading to increased safety and performance. In addition, the IAC is a challenging competition to excite the best and brightest university students from around the world to engage in hands-on engineering firsts. “The Dallara-built IAC racecar is the most advanced, fastest autonomous vehicle ever developed,” stated Paul Mitchell, president and [...]

ESN, IMS to Unveil Official Indy Autonomous Challenge Racecar at CES 2021

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00December 15, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (December 15, 2020) – Energy Systems Network (ESN) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), organizers of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), have announced they will hold a press conference on Media Day at CES 2021, to unveil the official racecar that will be autonomously driven by scores of university teams in the world’s first high-speed head-to-head autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. CES® is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. The virtual press conference to unveil the Official Racecar of the Indy Autonomous Challenge will occur on January 11, 2021 at 2:00pm EST, followed by Q&A, as part of CES 2021 Media Day. Participating in the unveiling will be: Paul Mitchell, president and CEO, Energy Systems Network Mark Miles, president and CEO, Penske Entertainment Corp. Doug Boles, president, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Stefano dePonti, CEO [...]

Bridgestone Partners with ESN, IMS on Indy Autonomous Challenge

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00October 30, 2020|

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) today announced it has formed a partnership with the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a global competition among university teams to program a modified Dallara IL-15 racecar and compete in the world’s first autonomous high-speed, head-to-head race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® (IMS). Bridgestone will serve as the exclusive tire supplier for the event, which is scheduled for October 23, 2021. Bridgestone will work closely with the IAC and its participating teams on a collective vision to push the boundaries of self-driving car technology and increase public awareness of the impact that automation can have on society. This mission closely aligns with Bridgestone’s strategic shift to evolve its focus beyond tires to provide sustainable mobility and advanced solutions that create new value for its customers and society. “Bridgestone is committed to collaborating with innovative partners to pioneer active, [...]

Indiana, ESN Collaborate with Toyota Mobility Foundation to Fuel New Technologies

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00October 19, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 19, 2020) – Today, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), a Japan-based nonprofit focused on advancing mobility for all through next-generation mobility services, products and platforms around the world, designated Indiana as its first Future Mobility District in the U.S. The new initiative and local collaboration will foster innovation and propel research and development in advanced mobility technologies in Indiana. “As Indiana’s pro-growth business climate continues to gain recognition around the world, we’re committed to embracing innovation and investing in emerging areas like advanced mobility in order to remain competitive and position our industries for long-term growth,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “With the launch of the Indiana Future Mobility District, Indiana will be able to attract more diverse companies while leading in the development of mobility-enabled technologies. We’re grateful for our long-standing relationship with Toyota, which helped [...]

Microsoft Announces Official Cloud Computing Sponsor Indy Autonomous Challenge 

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00May 20, 2020|

Microsoft is announcing that it is the official Cloud Computing Sponsor of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC). Energy Systems Network (ESN) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) are primary organizers of the IAC, a $1.5 million prize competition among universities to program autonomous-modified Dallara IL-15 racecars. The teams will compete in the world’s first head-to-head race at speeds of up to 200 mph around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 23, 2021. “With participation from teams around the world, the IAC competitors needed a powerful cloud platform that enables development of radically advanced technologies while collaborating with team members in various remote environments,” said Matt Peak, managing director of Energy Systems Network (ESN). “ESN is excited that Azure is now in the hands of Indy Autonomous Challenge university teams as we welcome Microsoft as an official sponsor.” “The accelerated growth of autonomy [...]

Indy Autonomous Challenge registers 37 universities worldwide in first $1.5 million autonomous racecar competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00May 6, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 6, 2020) -- Energy Systems Network (ESN) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), primary organizers of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC),  today announced that 37 universities that excel in AI software and autonomous vehicle engineering have formed 31 teams to officially enter this first-of-its-kind challenge. The IAC is a $1.5 million prize competition among universities to program autonomous-modified Dallara IL-15 racecars. The teams will compete in the world’s first head-to-head race at speeds of up to 200 mph around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 23, 2021. “This is an extraordinary challenge, calling on the best and brightest of our university students and faculty worldwide to engineer software that will have a significant impact on the future of all classes of transportation,” said Paul Mitchell, president and CEO, ESN. “The diversity of the teams, representing 10 [...]

Energy Systems Network Names Heritage Environmental Services CEO and Hoosier Energy CEO to its Board of Directors

2021-04-05T16:50:14-04:00February 11, 2020|

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2020) - Energy Systems Network (ESN), Indiana’s industry-driven clean technology initiative, has elected two new members to its board of directors. Jeff Laborsky, president and CEO of Heritage Environmental Services, and Donna Walker, president and CEO of Hoosier Energy, are the latest additions to ESN’s diverse board. “ESN welcomes two exceptional leaders to our Board of Directors,” said Doug Esamann, ESN Board chair and Duke Energy executive vice president Energy Solutions, president of Midwest and Florida Regions and president Natural Gas Business. “After celebrating 10 years in 2019, ESN is very fortunate to continue its efforts to bring new energy innovations to Indiana with two valuable and experienced industry leaders. Jeff and Donna bring diverse and unique perspectives and a network of relationships that stretch across the globe.” Led by Laborsky since 2012, Heritage Environmental Services is [...]

ESN and Dallara release autonomous race car concepts for Indy Autonomous Challenge competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

2021-04-05T16:50:15-04:00December 11, 2019|

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 11, 2019) – Dallara, Energy Systems Network (ESN) and Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), today unveiled conceptual renderings of the autonomous Dallara-built race car that will be used by university race teams in the Indy Autonomous Challenge at IMS throughout 2021. The Indy Autonomous Challenge is a $1 million prize competition among universities to create software that enables self-driving Indy Lights race cars to compete in a head-to-head, high-speed autonomous vehicle race at IMS. The development of such software can help speed the commercialization of highly autonomous vehicles and enhance existing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in people-driven cars. These technologies help drivers remain in control and avoid accidents by prompting awareness and improving accuracy. Dallara designed the concepts for the autonomous version of its 210 mph IL-15 race car at its world headquarters in Parma, [...]

Autonomous vehicle experts gather at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to envision self-driving racecar challenge

2021-04-05T16:50:15-04:00May 23, 2019|

ESN Director of Mobility Matt Peak and ESN President and CEO Paul Mitchell address leading autonomous vehicle technology researchers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to explore the potential for a global autonomous vehicle competition to be hosted in Indianapolis. INDIANAPOLIS (May 23, 2019) The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Energy Systems Network (ESN), the advanced energy technology initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), are hosting some of the world’s leading autonomous vehicle technology researchers at the Racing Capital of the World on Thursday, May 23 to explore the potential for a global autonomous vehicle competition to be hosted in Indianapolis. Nearly 15 years ago, the DARPA Grand Challenge gave birth to the modern-day autonomous vehicle (AV) industry by awarding a $1 million prize to the team that could first complete a 132-mile course in the southwestern U.S. [...]

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