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PoliMOVE won the Autonomous Challenge @ CES 2022, making history as the first head-to-head autonomous racecar competition champion. PoliMOVE competed at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a field of 5 teams from 5 countries representing 7 universities to win the $150,000 grand prize.
The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) team PoliMOVE was run by Politecnico di Milano in Italy, and the University of Alabama.
TUM Autonomous Motorsport from the Technische Universität München in Germany took home second place with $50,000.
The rules of the IAC competition required each team to qualify in a high-speed autonomous racecar time trial competition determining their seed in the head-to-head passing competition.
The IAC teams raced the Dallara AV-21, the most advanced autonomous racecar.
Halo, a remote-piloted driverless car service operating on T-Mobile’s 5G network, served as the official pace car, completing a warmup lap at speeds of 65-80 mph before the start of each round.
Organised by Energy Systems Network, the primary goal of the IAC is to solve real world problems by advancing technology that will speed the commercialisation of fully autonomous vehicles and deployments of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).
Prof. Sergio Savaresi, team lead of Politecnico di Milano, says: “Today was the real birth of autonomous racing. The real high-speed multi-agent racing was pushed to its very limits. The research on autonomous cars will certainly benefit from this historic milestone.”
“We came to CES this week, the world’s most influential technology innovation event, to showcase to the world how this competition is catapulting autonomous technologies forward,” adds Paul Mitchell, president and CEO, Energy Systems Network. “We’re harnessing the power of prize competitions to attract the best and the brightest minds from around the globe to further the state-of-the art technology in safety and performance of automated vehicles and the teams did just that today with another historic competition.”
9 teams from 8 countries, representing 19 universities came to Las Vegas this week seeking to compete in the Autonomous Challenge @ CES 2022.