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The Indy 500 of Autonomous Self-Driving Cars

The Indianapolis 500 brings together 235,000 fans for a once-a-year event pitting 33 drivers against each other in a 200-lap, 500-mile test of skill and endurance. But in the fall of 2021, the teams racing on the oval will pit software against software whose engineers will sweat out the race, not in the cockpits of their cars but in their on-site garages and pit stops.

The first-of-its-kind Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) will use the same Dallara IL-15 race cars as the famed Indy 500 race and take place on the same speedway. The speed, the skill, the danger, and the prize money—a total of $1.45 million—will all be there, but this time the cars will be on their own.

Article for Dell Perspectives.