KAIST team members, right in the front row, pose during the first Indy Autonomous Challenge in 2021. Back then, a total of nine teams took part. This year’s event will take place in Las Vegas later this week. Photo courtesy of KAIST

Only Asian team in the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) announced on Jan. 5 that its scientists would take part in the Indy Autonomous Challenge in Las Vegas later this week.

The event will take place on the sidelines of the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest high-tech fair that will continue from Jan. 5 through Jan. 8.

The race will take place on Jan. 7 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and is aimed at promoting high-speed autonomous vehicle technology.

The KAIST team, which is headed by Prof. Shim Hyun-chul, has joined hands with Hyundai Motor, South Korea’s largest automaker.

The team, the only Asian outfit to join the fourth edition of the competition, has developed software to control the racing car to comply with the race flags and regulations while going up to 240 kilometers per hour.

“With these competitions being held overseas, there were many difficulties having to keep coming back, but the students took part in it diligently, for which I am deeply grateful,” Prof. Shim said.

“Thanks to their efforts, we were able to continue in this competition, which will be a way to verify the autonomous driving technology that we developed ourselves over the past 13 years, and I highly appreciate that.”

Prof. Shim added that high-speed autonomous driving technology could be applied most effectively for long-distance travel in South Korea.

“It has huge advantages in that it does not require constructions for massive infrastructure that costs an enormous amount of money, such as high-speed rail or urban aviation, and with our design, it is minimally affected by weather conditions,” he noted.