The Indy Autonomous Challenge has revealed the vehicle of the participating universities will have to program and run in October 2021: the Dallara IL-15 racing car. IAC made the announcement during its press conference for CES 2021, where it also hosted discussions on the commercialization of autonomous vehicles and technology in motorsport. The competition, with a $ 1.5 million scholarship, challenges universities to create AI algorithms that can power an IL-15 equipped with hardware and controls to enable automation.
In 2020, the IAC announced that 37 universities from 11 countries have registered to compete, with teams made up of members with a variety of skills. There are undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and industry experts in AI, machine learning, and robotics. To win, their AI-powered car must be able to beat all other participants in a 20-lap race around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval. The winning team will receive $ 1 million, with the remainder of the purse going to the winners of the hackathon and mock races ahead of the main event in October.