PRI Special Report: Autonomous Racing

Apr. 22, 2024 - PRI Magazine reports on the rapid advances of autonomous racing around the globe, interviewing AI Racing Tech team members on the state of the field.
“Autonomy is still a huge research area in industry and in academia, and in many ways, it is still an unsolved problem," says C.K. Wolfe, UC Berkeley program manager for Research Operations and Technical Projects. "We’re writing code that can make decisions in real time and execute those decisions in an adversarial head-to-head competition."
See the full story: "Special Report: Autonomous Racing."
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Right on Track: Indy Autonomous Challenge

The April 2024 issue of ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle International devotes its cover story to the next-gen autonomous vehicle platform, the AV-24.
"Insiders share the latest developments from the Indy Autonomous Challenge, which is taking motorsport's tradition of proving new technologies into the autonomous era," they write, noting that "AI Racing Tech was the first team to volunteer an AI test driver for the AV-24."
See "Right On Track: Indy Autonomous Challenge." 

Teaming Up with BeamNG

Mar. 28, 2024 - The FHL Vive Center for Enhanced Reality at UC Berkeley, an engineering academic center devoted to research on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality, announces its newest industry partnership, with BeamNG, a leading simulation engine software company based in Bremen, Germany. Among the Center’s projects, its Robot Open Autonomous Racing (ROAR) program has the most synergies with BeamNG. ROAR leads the multi-university AI Racing Tech team, currently the top-ranked U.S. team in the international Indy Autonomous Challenge.
See the full FHL Vive Center announcement

These high-speed racing cars don't have human drivers

Feb. 4, 2024 - BBC News: The Indy Autonomous Challenge is a car race with a difference. All the racing cars are driven using Artificial Intelligence coded by research teams from universities across the world. Some of the autonomous vehicles have reached speeds of up to 180 mph.
"There's a very small percentage of people in the world who can actually race these cars - imagine getting a team of software engineers together and make that a reality... It's not a trivial task,” says C.K. Wolfe, UC Berkeley program manager.
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Launching a new era with IAC AV-24

Jan. 29, 2024 - At CES®2024, the Indy Autonomous Challenge took a giant leap into the future with the unveiling of the IAC AV-24, which embodies a fusion of cutting-edge hardware and advanced software, setting a new standard in the realm of autonomous racing.
"We're really excited to explore the new capabilities this new car has to offer and really push the limits and see how fast we can get this car to go," says C.K. Wolfe, UC Berkeley program manager (0:33).
See "Unleashing the Future: IAC's Revolutionary Autonomous Breakthroughs." (IAC Video) 

CES 2024 Panel Spotlight: Steering AI Drivers From Simulation to Reality

Jan. 29, 2024 - Featuring Paul Mitchell, IAC; Alvaro Velasquez, DARPA; Tino Schulze, dSPACE; and C.K. Wolfe, AI Racing Tech, University of California, Berkeley, the panel focused on several critical aspects of AI driver training and the transition from simulation to real-world applications. “We’re not acting in a cooperative environment; this is an adversarial, head-to-head environment, where you're pitting two autonomous race cars against each other. And may the best software win,” said Wolfe.
See IAC Video

UC Berkeley ROAR Racers Among Top Teams to Demo Next-Gen Autonomous Racecars at CES 2024

Dec. 15, 2023 - The University of California, Berkeley, Robot Open Autonomous Racing (ROAR) program, together with its multi-university partners comprising the AI Racing Tech team, will serve among three leading international teams to test out the next-gen Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) racecar. The updated world’s fastest and most advanced autonomous racecar will be unveiled at CES 2024, held January 9-12 in Las Vegas, NV.
See the full story at UC Berkeley ROAR.

UC Berkeley to Lead the Most Decorated U.S. Autonomous Racing Team

Nov. 13, 2023 – The University of California, Berkeley, the world’s #1 public university, is assuming leadership of the nation’s most decorated autonomous racecar team in the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC). After more than three years since its start at the University of Hawai’i, AI Racing Tech has risen to prominence for advancing a sophisticated stack of autonomy, AI, and “sim-to-real” technologies under high-stakes, high-speed racing conditions as well as for winning races and setting speed records. As UC Berkeley takes on the role of lead university, the roster of universities, principals, and industry sponsors comprising and supporting the team remains the same.
See the full story at UC Berkeley ROAR.

AI Racing Tech Sets New Road Course Record at Putnam Park

Sept. 20, 2023 - The AI Racing Tech team led by UC Berkeley’s Robot Open Autonomous Racing (ROAR) program achieved the fastest autonomous lap time ever recorded on the U.S. Road Course track, at 1 minute 27 seconds at the Putnam Park Road Course in Greencastle, Indiana on August 31. The team’s custom Dallara AV-21 racecar broke the previous autonomous course record of 2 minutes 9 seconds.
Read the full story at UC Berkeley ROAR

ART Wins Silver Medal at IAC Dallas Race

Nov. 14, 2022 - "We are beyond thrilled to cap out our 2022 experience with a Runner-Up Silver Medal win for the Indy Autonomous Challenge at Dallas," writes Professor Allen Yang, executive director of the FHL Vive Center for Enhanced Reality at UC Berkeley. "A strong 2022 finish for ROAR Racing and ROAR Academy."
Read the full story at UC Berkeley ROAR.