University of Hawaii

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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.

INITIATIVES

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

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IMPORTANT DATES

Oct 23, IMS Final Race!

The AI Racing Tech team will compete in the final Indy Autnoums challenge Race against several other teams come October 23!
https://bit.ly/3yz7zC5

AV-21's First Day at IMS!

Aug 23, 2021

It's a big day for @IndyAChallenge university teams as they prepare for the first practice of their Dallara AV-21 #autonomous racecars at IMS. GO Teams!

#IAC2021 @DallaraGroup


LATEST NEWS

Meet The UH AI Racing Tech Team!

Cutting-edge vehicles, speed, and competition are nothing new at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But on October 23, 2021, the home of the Indy 500 will experience a first: Fast cars without drivers.


Check it out here: https://buff.ly/2WdKkjV

Dallara AV-21 Makes it First Autonomous Lap!

Let us introduce you to the AV-21, the most advanced #autonomous racecar achieving its first autonomous lap!

The @airacingtech team is one of the ten teams to advance this state-of-the-art technology to this exciting point

Learn More Here: https://indyachallenge.com/

UCSD Joins Forces with AI Racing Tech!

Excited to have the Contextual Robotics Institue at the University of California San Diego join the AI Racing Tech Ohana! This new association gets us that much closer in the pursuit of the Indy Autonomous Challenge! Read more here ---> https://rb.gy/crbwlx

The NEW Dallara AV-21

May, 31,2021

As the @airacingtech team reflects on an amazing race weekend with our friends from @UCSanDiego, there is one thing we can't stop talking about… That’s the NEW #autonomous Dallara AV-21, that teams will be competing with this October!