Energy Systems Network and the Indy Autonomous Challenge complete major milestone and congratulate winning IAC university teams participating in the $150,000 Ansys IAC Simulation Race

2021-07-01T15:26:24-04:00June 30, 2021|

Winning team PoliMOVE and runner-up TUM Autonomous Motorsport are joined by Energy Systems Network President and CEO Paul Mitchell. INDIANAPOLIS (June 30, 2021) -- The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a $1.5 million university prize competition to advance autonomous technologies for increased safety and performance, completed a major milestone today when 17 of its 30 university teams competed in the final Ansys IAC Simulation Race. The race can be viewed on the IAC website. PoliMOVE took first place and was awarded $100,000 (USD); and TUM Autonomous Motorsport was awarded $50,000 (USD) as the runner-up. PoliMOVE, hailing from Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Milan, Lombardy, Italy, is part of the MOVE research team from the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingengeria (DEIB) at POLIMI which is the largest school of architecture, design and engineering in Italy. TUM Autonomous Motorsport, from Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Bavaria, [...]

WTHR-Autonomous Shuttle Service Launches in Downtown Indy

2021-06-28T08:24:18-04:00June 28, 2021|

CICP's advanced energy and transportation initiative Energy Systems Network (ESN) has partnered with the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and May Mobility to launch a new free autonomous vehicle shuttle service that serves the west side of downtown Indianapolis and the IUPUI campus. The service, which runs in Indianapolis from June-November 2021 before moving to Fishers, Ind. from November 2021-June 2022 is a pilot program that is part of the Together in Motion Indiana initiative announced earlier this year by TMF and ESN which aims to foster innovation through industry partnerships and propel research and development in advanced mobility technologies in Indiana. WATCH WTHR-TV story about this unique autonomous shuttle service.

Toyota Mobility Foundation, Energy Systems Network and May Mobility inaugurate free autonomous shuttle service in Indianapolis

2021-06-23T13:22:10-04:00June 22, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 22, 2021) - The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), Energy Systems Network (ESN), and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), have joined with May Mobility, a leader in autonomous vehicle (AV) technology and shuttle operations, to inaugurate the launch of a free autonomous shuttle service in Central Indiana. The service, a part of TMF’s Together in Motion Indiana, began on June 1, 2021 and serves the downtown Indianapolis and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) communities. Together in Motion is an initiative bringing stakeholders together to test the interoperability of mobility innovations and facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods. The autonomous shuttle service supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Sustainable Cities and Communities goal (#11), as well as Toyota’s commitment to providing Mobility for All. “At May Mobility, our mission is to bring safe, accessible, and [...]

Take a Ride Now on Autonomous Shuttles Coming to Indy Next Month

2021-05-27T09:04:38-04:00May 27, 2021|

Recently, FOX59 Reporter Mike Sullivan took a ride in a new autonomous shuttle in downtown Indianapolis, which is part of a new service that kicks off in June. The pilot initiative is a partnership between CICP energy technology initiative Energy Systems Network, May Mobility and the Toyota Mobility Foundation. It's all part of the Together in Motion Indiana initiative that will bring the autonomous shuttle service to Indianapolis and Fishers, Ind. [WATCH] (Source: FOX59 and Energy Systems Network)

Ascend Indiana, IEDC to build on the Indy Autonomous Challenge to attract and retain top tech talent

2021-05-25T12:48:15-04:00May 25, 2021|

INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2021) ─ Ascend Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) are partnering to help attract and retain participants in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) in order to meet a growing need for tech talent in the state’s advanced industries. More than 500 students from 40 universities in 14 U.S. states and 11 countries, including two from Indiana, signed up to compete in the IAC. The IAC is the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking place on Oct. 23, 2021. The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership’s (CICP) energy technology initiative Energy Systems Network, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are organizing the competition, which has a $1.5 million prize purse and has attracted the best and brightest university students and advisors from around the world. The IAC event enables participants to engage in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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