INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the Indy Autonomous Challenge with 21 universities from nine countries on Saturday morning.
Germany, Italy, Canada, India and South Korea are among the countries represented in the competition, which is a platform for students to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Nine teams will pilot software designed to improve vehicle safety and performance on race cars.
Indy Autonomous Challenge is organized by Energy Systems Network.
“There will be a time trial competition, something the folks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are familiar with,” said Paul Mitchell, president and CEO of the company. “It’s an individual car that runs four laps. The higher speed will determine the winner. We have other interesting opportunities to see how these cars can get around the obstacles that we are going to introduce into competition.
The Indiana Department of Education and the StartED Up Foundation invited 350 STEM-inspired high school students from across Indiana to attend the competition.
There will also be industry leaders showcasing standalone technologies in lane garages.
Governor Eric Holcomb, Senator Todd Young and US Assistant Secretary of Commerce Don Graves will be guest speakers at the event.
The team that will win the $ 1 million prize will help their university advance their education, research and development in automotive engineering.