Fastest Autonomous Car Returns to Goodwood

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The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), presented by Bridgestone, will return to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2024, showcasing the world’s fastest autonomous racecar, the AV-24. This event will mark the IAC’s competitive debut in the UK, featuring advanced autonomous technology and contributions from top university teams.

Key Highlights:

  • Event Dates: July 11-14, 2024
  • Location: Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK
  • Featured Car: AV-24 fully autonomous racecar
  • Participating Teams: PoliMOVE-MSU, supported by UNIMORE Racing
  • IAC’s Competitive Debut in the UK

The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) returns to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, presented by Mastercard, from July 11th to July 14th, 2024. This year, the IAC’s AV-24 fully autonomous racecar will be piloted by software from the PoliMOVE-MSU team, with support from the UNIMORE Racing team. The AV-24, a state-of-the-art autonomous racecar, utilizes a Dallara chassis from the Indy NXT series and a cutting-edge robotics platform developed with leading autonomous hardware and software providers.

About the AV-24 Racecar:

  • Chassis: Dallara, used in the Indy NXT series
  • Technology: Advanced robotics platform with leading autonomous hardware and software

The IAC has organized autonomous racing competitions featuring 10 teams from 18 universities at venues like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and Monza F1 Circuit. This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed marks the IAC’s competitive debut in the UK, presenting new and challenging opportunities for autonomous technology.

Key Achievements:

  • Autonomous Land Speed Record: 192.2 mph
  • Highest On-Track Speed: 180 mph
  • Fastest Head-to-Head Overtake: 177 mph
  • Total Miles of Autonomous Racing: 9,000 miles

Paul Mitchell, Chairman and President of the IAC, expressed enthusiasm about the event: “We are eager to undertake the unique challenges presented by the Goodwood Hillclimb. Unlike the familiar ovals and F1 road courses, Goodwood’s Hillclimb will challenge the precision of sensor perception, GPS localization, vehicle dynamics, and path planning in new ways, providing a historical backdrop to showcase the future of high-speed autonomous mobility and the innovative university teams behind it.”

Event Features:

  • Part of Goodwood’s FOS TECH Program
  • Highlighting Latest Automotive Technology and Alternative Fuels
  • Integration with Future Lab and STEM Programs

The event will highlight the latest advancements in automotive technology and alternative fuels, integrating with Future Lab and STEM programs aimed at young enthusiasts. The IAC university teams will attempt an autonomous world record on the Goodwood hill, demonstrating the potential of AI drivers to revolutionize vehicle safety and efficiency.

Notable Quotes:

  • Duke of Richmond: “This year, our new FOS TECH ethos will bring together our future technology and mobility content.”
  • Sara Correa, Bridgestone: “Bridgestone is proud to partner with the IAC and its young engineers to test and improve autonomous technologies through opportunities like the Goodwood Hillclimb.”

Earlier in June, the IAC conducted training sessions on the Goodwood Hillclimb, achieving speeds greater than 110 mph. Video and photo footage from these sessions is available for media use.

About the IAC: The IAC, a non-profit corporation based in Indianapolis, Indiana, organizes racing competitions among university-affiliated teams from around the world. Teams program AI drivers to pilot fully autonomous racecars, competing in events at iconic tracks.

About Bridgestone: Bridgestone, a global leader in tires and rubber, provides solutions for safe and sustainable mobility. The company employs approximately 130,000 people globally and operates in more than 150 countries, offering premium tires and advanced solutions backed by innovative technologies.

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