University of Hawaii
AI Racing Tech Team
"Fascinatingly advanced artificial intelligence supporting high speed autonomous racing "
About AI Racing Tech
The University of Hawai’i AI Racing Tech (ART) team has grown out of the UH-Maui Autonomous Vehicle Technology (AVT) class of the spring of 2020. It started small and went from scaled vehicles to go-kart sized to full sized Indy Lights racing cars. The original Maui ART team has aligned with the faculty and students from UH-Manoa and is now proudly called the AI Racing Tech team.
The collaboration is working to enrichen and widen the skills and resources of the schools as well as to demonstrate the collaboration and valuable Ohan'a (Good Will) the various campuses have for each other.
What is Autonomous Racing?
No driver, just software. Imagine driver-less autonomous vehicles battling wheel to wheel for track position and podium success. All to help improve the performance and safety for vehicles of tomorrow.
Autonomous racing is the ultimate engineering challenge. The driver is replaced with a variety of sensors that act as the eyes and ears of the vehicle, feeding the data to a planning and control algorithm that students develop and tune. Machine learning (artificial intelligence) is often used to create human like behaviors and interpret complex sensor data. It a complex mechatronic challenge giving students hands-on experience in sophisticated systems development.
AI Racing Tech team put together an application to compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge. The IAC is a $1.5M autonomous racing vehicle competition to be run in October 2021. The ART team qualified for the competition based on its notable efforts and is working on meeting the Round 2 qualifications using its continuing work in the autonomous evKart being built for the evGrandPrix. As this competition is a significantly greater challenge the UH-MC team is collaborating with the UH-Manoa Robotics Lab team to form the AI Racing Tech team.
As part of the Autonomous Vehicle Technology (AVT) class the goal was to pull together the resources to allow the class (team) to put together a human scale autonomous vehicle based on an evKart to compete in the 2020 Purdue sponsored international competition for racing an evKart in the Autonomous Masters division. evgrandprix.org/autonomous/ In preparing for that competition the class acquired a base evKart from TopKart (topkartusa.net/ ) and begin working toward building out the autonomous capability. The class then formed the "AI Racing Tech" (ART) team and successfully qualified for the 2020 evGrandPrix only for it to be canceled due to Covid. The team is looking forward to beginning autonomous evKart testing at the Maui County Go-Kart track. The ART Team is further accepted for the 2021 evGrandPrix competition event in Indianapolis next April. See our progress on the “About US" page.
Last year UHMC built its first dedicated course on Autonomous Vehicle Technology. The course was UH-MC ETRO293v – Autonomous Vehicle Technologies. The focus of the course was to build up undergraduate students’ knowledge of the many elements of autonomous vehicle design and operation as well as give the students additional hands-on experience using their knowledge from other UH-MC classes. At the core was an emphasis on addressing autonomous racing considerations and pushing the envelope on the software and hardware used in autonomous vehicles. The Class is proposed for Spring 2021 and will move from Jetson Racers to much more sophisticated F1Tenth vehicles and give the students a chance to participate on both virtual as well as actual track events. We plan also to add a possible intern or two from a local high school under a “fast start program”.
SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS
The AI Racing Tech team proudly counts on the support of a number of industry corporations and leaders as well as many local community sources.
Some of these are: New Eagle LLC (DbW), ADLINK (Compute processors and ROS2 support), Luxonis (Camera and Neural Networking), PointOneNav(GNSS/RTK/IMU), Emlid (GNSS/RTK), RockWestComposites (Composite Mat’ls) and many others.
Beyond the amazing international support for the University of Hawai’i we locally have the support of the Maui Robotic Vehicle Association (MRVA), St. Anthony School STEM program, VectorAero LLC and many others. We look to add to this list.
Mahalo to all our sponsors and supporters
WHAT ARE WE UP TO
IAC Hackathon # 3
Dec 12- Jan 21, 2021
AI Racing Tech team will compete in the IAC Hackathon #3 from Mid-December to Mid-January. This event will focus on Object Detection (other vehicle) and avoidance and for the first time “wheel-to-wheel” racing in the VRXperiance Simulator against another EGO vehicle!
Autonomous demonstration video due... IAC Hackathon
Feb 27, 2021
As part of their preparing for the Purdue evGrandPrix for next year the team will demonstrate the evKart on a real track in autonomous mode. This week will also have the ART team going head-to-head with some of the best universities in the world for bragging rights in a month autonomous hackathon.