Indy Autonomous Challenge to Use RTI Software to Build and Race Autonomous Vehicles

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

September 01, 2020


Indy Autonomous Challenge to Use RTI Software to Build and Race Autonomous Vehicles

RTI provides university teams with software to design, simulate and run autonomous vehicles in high-speed, head-to-head autonomous race.

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), provider for smart machines and real-world systems, announced it has joined the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), the two-year, $1.5 million university competition to advance autonomous mobility technologies and enable the next generation of mobility leaders.

According to the company, RTI is providing software to more than 500 students globally to design and develop the control software to autonomously race full-size, modified Dallara IL-15 racecars. The students are competing in the first-ever head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race on the world’s largest racing stage, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in October 2021.

For this challenge, university teams from around the world will use the RTI open software framework, Connext DDS, to design, simulate, and run on specially modified Dallara IL-15 racecars on the track. RTI's software framework allows applications to exchange data in real time, while providing non-stop availability and security. Connext DDS is fully compatible with ROS2, AUTOSAR, and other systems, enabling prototyping and development. With car speeds expected to top 200 mph, Connext DDS provides safety that is certifiable to the ISO-26262 standard.

RTI will join a group of automotive and technology developers including Ansys, Aptiv, and Microsoft as official sponsors in the challenge. The IAC is supported by the RTI University Program, which enables university research and hands-on education.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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