ADLINK’s Edge AI Powers Autonomous Race Cars for Indy Autonomous Challenge

November 16, 2020 Tiera Oliver

ADLINK Technology is an official sponsor of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), scheduled for October 23, 2021. The IAC is a two-year, $1.5 million prize competition among universities to program modified Dallara IL-15 racecars and compete in the world’s first autonomous head-to-head, high-speed race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

ADLINK will provide university teams with rugged deep learning acceleration edge platforms, engineering resources for in-vehicle computing, and open source software support for ROS-based middleware.

Teams from around the world representing universities in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Americas will use modified Dallara IL-15 racecars fitted with an ADLINK DLAP-8000 series robot controller for in-vehicle computing. ADLINK’s rugged edge AI system has been tested with open source autonomous driving software and middleware platforms, including Autoware.Auto, Open Robotics ROS 2, Eclipse iceoryx, Eclipse Zenoh, and Eclipse Cyclone DDS.

ADLINK helped bring together The Autoware Foundation, Open Robotics, OpenCV and Eclipse Foundation to support IAC and the 39 universities competing in this first-of-its-kind global challenge. Their combined contributions will enable split-second decisions based on real-time data during the race, a critical factor with car speeds that may reach 200 mph.

With this sponsorship, ADLINK joins a group of automotive and technology collaborators with a common goal, aligned with the IAC, of increasing public awareness of the transformational impact that automation can have on society, including improving safety and environmental quality.

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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