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, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Podcast – ESN- How Indiana is advancing energy technology

2021-04-05T16:51:28-04:00August 9, 2019|

Renewable energy and other innovations are critical to securing a clean energy future. How is Indiana advancing energy technology? As part of the AgriNovus Indiana's Ag+Bio+Science podcast, Energy Systems Network President and CEO Paul Mitchell talked with Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick about the topic. This podcast is part of the CICP 20th Anniversary miniseries. [LISTEN] (Sources: AgriNovus Indiana, Energy Systems Network)  

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