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Indy Autonomous Challenge - Autonomous Race Cars at the Handling Limits

Authors : Alexander Wischnewski, Maximilian Geisslinger, Johannes Betz, Tobias Betz, Felix Fent, Alexander Heilmeier, Leonhard Hermansdorfer, Thomas Herrmann, Sebastian Huch, Phillip Karle, Felix Nobis, Levent Ögretmen, Matthias Rowold, Florian Sauerbeck, Tim Stahl, Rainer Trauth, Markus Lienkamp, Boris Lohmann

Published in: 12th International Munich Chassis Symposium 2021

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

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Abstract

Motorsport has always been an enabler for technological advancement, and the same applies to the autonomous driving industry. The team TUM Autonomous Motorsports will participate in the Indy Autonomous Challenge in October 2021 to benchmark its self-driving software-stack by racing one out of ten autonomous Dallara AV-21 racecars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The first part of this paper explains the reasons for entering an autonomous vehicle race from an academic perspective: It allows focusing on several edge cases encountered by autonomous vehicles, such as challenging evasion maneuvers and unstructured scenarios. At the same time, it is inherently safe due to the motorsport related track safety precautions. It is therefore an ideal testing ground for the development of autonomous driving algorithms capable of mastering the most challenging and rare situations. In addition, we provide insight into our software development workflow and present our Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation setup. It is capable of running simulations of up to eight autonomous vehicles in real time. The second part of the paper gives a high-level overview of the software architecture and covers our development priorities in building a high-performance autonomous racing software: maximum sensor detection range, reliable handling of multi-vehicle situations, as well as reliable motion control under uncertainty.

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Metadata
Title
Indy Autonomous Challenge - Autonomous Race Cars at the Handling Limits
Authors
Alexander Wischnewski
Maximilian Geisslinger
Johannes Betz
Tobias Betz
Felix Fent
Alexander Heilmeier
Leonhard Hermansdorfer
Thomas Herrmann
Sebastian Huch
Phillip Karle
Felix Nobis
Levent Ögretmen
Matthias Rowold
Florian Sauerbeck
Tim Stahl
Rainer Trauth
Markus Lienkamp
Boris Lohmann
Copyright Year
2022
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-64550-5_10

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