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Need For Speed - Autonomous Style with Matt Peak, Indy Autonomous Challenge

Season 2, Ep. 45

Are we ready to trust AI with our lives?

To most people, the answer is not yet. Well, this is exactly what autonomous cars will ask us to do when full autonomy is achieved. This journey is well on course despite the significant challenges it has faced in the past. 

How can we safely achieve or advance this goal? This is a question that most players in the industry have been pondering. 


In this episode, Ed Bernardon interviews Matt Peak, Managing Director at Energy Systems Network (ESN), an organization focused on the development of advanced technology for both the energy and the transportation sectors. Today, he’ll talk to us about the Indy Autonomous Challenge, an autonomous car race comprised of 9 university teams that will race wheel to wheel for $1.5 million in prize money at the Indianapolis Motor speedway. He’ll help us understand how this race came about and the goals they are seeking to achieve from this unique competition.


Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is Indy Autonomous Challenge and how did it all come about? (02:54)
  • What will the winner of the final race get? (07:03)
  • What makes the AV21 the most autonomous car ever built? (22:52)
  • What is ESN and what does it do? (41:21)
  • How does this race compare to Roborace? (52:50)


What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The key distinction between Indy Autonomous Challenge and DAPRA. (08:14)
  • How the race overcame the car cost hurdle. (18:37)
  • The array of sensors that are fitted into the AV21 race car (25:06)
  • How the race will be structured (33:57)
  • The role that Indy Autonomous Challenge has in advancing mobility (47:46)


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