Indianapolis Motor Speedway Will Host Its First Ever Autonomous Race In 2021

Autonomous open-wheel racing is coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2021 as the result of a two-year competition to design a driverless Indy Lights car. IMS was a hotbed of cutting-edge technical innovation back in the day, so this is weirdly one of those times when “robot vehicles” aligns with the notion of tradition.

It’ll be called the Indy Autonomous Challenge, Racer reports, and it’s designed to be a competition between universities to create a completely self-driving Indy Lights car that will compete on-track for a grand prize of $1 million. Each car will be designed using the Indy Lights Dallara chassis as its base.