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TUM Autonomous Motorsport takes 2nd place in IAC Simulation Race

The TUM Autonomous Motorsports team was able to earn second place and $50,000 in prize money in the first simulated race in late June. This race simulation served as preparation for the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) with the first competition on October 23, 2021 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) is a $1.5 million prize competition between universities to program autonomously modified Dallara IL-15 race cars. The Indy Autonomous Challenge builds on the successful 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, which led to a surge in research and development efforts in autonomous vehicles.

The Technical University of Munich is participating in the IAC with its own team, based on knowledge from several chairs from the Departement of Mechanical Engineering, among others.

In preparation for the race in October 2021, a simulative race has now been held against the competing teams for the first time. The TUM software had to react reliably and safely to a wide variety of racing situations. The TUM team had to admit defeat to the competitors from Italy by only a narrow margin.

To the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) website:
https://www.indyautonomouschallenge.com/

To the TUM Autonomous Motorsport website:
https://www.mw.tum.de/en/ftm/main-research/intelligent-vehicle-systems/indy-autonomous-challenge/