On October 23, 2021, history will be made in autonomous driving. RTI is proud to be part of an elite group of automotive and technology collaborators in supporting this first-of-a-kind event.

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The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) is a $1.5 million prize competition among universities to program modified Dallara IL-15 race cars and compete in the world’s first autonomous head-to-head race around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  As the software sponsor for the IAC, RTI provides the connectivity software to program, simulate, build, test, run and race the cars throughout all stages of the competition.

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In every respect, the IAC is unprecedented. It is the first high-speed car race in the world with no human driver in the vehicle: It is entirely driven by software. Each team must find the smartest and fastest way to out-race and out-maneuver their fellow innovators. And the clock is ticking.

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That’s where RTI comes in. RTI Connext is designed to optimize performance in autonomous vehicle environments -- from the Phase I simulation race to the programming of the physical car.  

 

Connext makes ROS 2 real.”  
– IAC team member, May 2021.
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Because RTI Connext is also purpose-built to move ROS 2 designs into production environments, it eliminates communication delays with up to 98-percent reduction in latency. In a race where every second counts, that’s the kind of performance that matters.

Regardless of the outcome, this race is a win-win for the university teams and the industry at large as it benefits from fresh, innovative approaches to how autonomous vehicles run.

We invite you to join us in following the progression of the IAC race

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RTI congratulates the winners and all participants in the June 2021 Simulation race: #1 Polimove (University Politecnico di Milano); #2 TUM Autonomous Motorsports (Technische Universität München), and #3 Reveille Racing (Texas A&M). We’re proud of the role that our software – and our expertise – has played in the simulation phase.