Just when you think technology ceases to become more advanced, cars learn to drive themselves – with the help of talented Auburn University students! Auburn University’s Autonomous Tiger Racing will race a Dallara Indy Lights car in the Indy Autonomous Challenge. This head-to-head driver-less racing competition includes 20 laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famed 2.5-mile oval at top speed. The challenge was designed to inspire the brightest STEM talent from universities around the world and Auburn University has placed in the top 3.

The Indy Lights race cars will be specially equipped with LiDAR, GPS-INS, computer vision cameras, radar, and other vehicle sensors. Teams must design a software stack that not only allows an Indy Lights car to travel at race pace but interpret influence of the draft and the movements of its competitors.

Qualified teams will receive their Dallara chassis May 30th during the weekend of the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. The official race is set for Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Read more about this exciting achievement on Auburn University’s website. For more information, contact Lee Anne Patterson at 334-844-3591 or jdh0123@auburn.edu.