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UH participates in first-ever international driverless motor racing event


The University of Hawaii made history by participating in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, the very first autonomous racing car event. The team, EUH AI Racing Tech, achieved some of his fastest speeds, however, he didn’t complete the time trials and qualify for the final round and a chance to win the top prize of a million of dollars.

TUM Autonomous Motorsport of Germany won the final shootout and $ 1 million. Nine teams representing 21 universities in nine countries qualified for the competition on October 23 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500.

Generator AI to perform high speeds, tactical decisions

car on a race track

The Indy Autonomous Challenge is similar to other auto racing competitions, minus the need for someone behind the wheel. The driver is replaced by a variety of sensors that act as the vehicle’s eyes and ears, and a powerful computer to make the many route planning, tactical and strategic decisions necessary to deliver maximum vehicle performance. The system is an example of artificial intelligence, which forces engineers to create algorithms to program the car to generate human behaviors and interpret complex sensor data.

EUH AI Racing Tech was created thanks to a EUH Maui College Spring 2020 Course in Autonomous Vehicle Technology. Gary Passon, the course instructor, partnered with EUH Mānoa College of Engineering to provide additional expertise and provide students with a hands-on learning experience.

car on a track with people next to it
EUH AI Racing Tech is getting ready for the race. (Photo credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

EUH Assistant Professors at Maui College Elisabeth dubuit and Mark Hoffmann, EUH Assistant Professor of Manoa Zhuoyuan song, Battista, spring 2021 student in mechanical engineering Daryll suyat, junior in mechanical engineering Lillian shibata, and partners from the private sector, as well as experts and students from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Diego, all played major roles in the team.

The EUH AI The Racing Tech team is supported by several local companies and others in the industry, including the Maui Robotic Vehicle Association, St. Antoine school STEM program, VectorAero SARL, New Eagle SARL, ADLINK, Luxonis, PointOneNav, Emlid, RockWestComposites and others.

To learn more, visit the EUH AI Racing Tech Twitter page.

This work is an example of EUH Mānoa’s goals to improve student achievement (PDF) and Research Excellence: Advancing the Business of Research and Creative Work (PDF), two of the four objectives identified in the 2015-25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

-Through Marc Arakaki



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