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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

IIB: Indy Autonomous Challenge good for Indiana

2021-01-12T17:37:10-05:00November 14, 2019|

On November 5, 2019, Energy Systems Network (ESN), the energy technology initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced a two-year, $1 million prize competition that will culminate in a head-to-head, high-speed autonomous vehicle race on October 23, 2021 around the Speedway's famed 2.5-mile oval, which also plays host to the Indianapolis 500. ESN President and CEO Paul Mitchell and IMS President Doug Boles talked with Inside INdiana Business host Gerry Dick about the Indy Autonomous Challenge and why it has so many benefits for Indiana including highlighting the state's innovation, business attraction and talent retention and attraction. [WATCH] (Sources: Inside INdiana Business, ESN, IMS)

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