The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) has introduced its Next Gen Autonomous Vehicle Platform, the IAC AV-24. This platform seeks to move forward autonomous hardware and software, enhancing the performance of autonomous racecars. The AV-24 platform and simulation tools aim to accelerate the development of AI Drivers capable of safely operating vehicles at speeds over 190 mph. Noteworthy industry partners have contributed innovative technology to this project, resulting in several pioneering features aimed at revolutionizing high-speed automation.
Key Features Include:
- 360-degree Long Range LiDAR Vision using Luminar Iris Sensors.
- 4D Radar Perception with Continental ARS540 Sensors.
- Digital Twin Simulation for AI Driver Training powered by dSPACE SIL simulation.
- Custom Drive-by-Wire System with Independent Actuation for Front and Rear Brakes.
- Automated Race Control with Wireless Communication powered by Marelli Smart Antenna and WinTax Systems.
- Enhanced GPS/GNSS for Improved Localization with Sensors from VectorNav.
- Modular Design Allowing Integration into Various High-Speed Vehicle Platforms.
The AV-24’s robot has evolved over three years, becoming smarter and more adaptable, and is now capable of operating in multiple vehicle platforms, enhancing its versatility.
The IAC also announced a partnership with dSPACE to develop a simulation tool that enhances AI Driver training, leveraging the SIMPHERA software to create a digital twin of the AV-24 for simulation and training purposes.
Looking ahead, the IAC plans to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Monza F1 Circuit in Italy, and partner with Goodwood for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, showcasing the potential of high-speed autonomous mobility.
The IAC AV-24 showcases advancements in autonomous vehicle technology by integrating cutting-edge hardware and software from various industry partners. Its focus on enhancing AI Driver capabilities and safety measures for high-speed racing scenarios aims to revolutionize high-speed automation.
The collaboration with dSPACE for simulation tools demonstrates a commitment to advancing AI Driver training and validating capabilities in a virtual environment before real-world implementation, potentially reducing costs and risks associated with physical testing.
The planned events at historic racing venues underscore the IAC’s efforts to promote and showcase the potential of high-speed autonomous mobility, aiming to generate interest and support for future innovations in this field.