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The Unimore Racing team placed third in the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League

The inaugural edition of Aspire's Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League, a competition entirely dedicated to autonomous-driving racing cars, was held a few days ago at the Yas Marina circuit. The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia was present with the Unimore Racing team, taking third place out of eight competing teams from all over the world.

The fully autonomous, AI-driven cars competed for a $2.25 million cash prize in a race that attracted more than 20,000 spectators to the circuit and more than 600,000 spectators online.

The Unimore Racing team, after leading the race in first position until the final lap, ended the competition behind the cars of FTM Institute of Automotive Technology TUM and Constructor Group due to an electronic problem. However, the Unimore team's car recorded the fastest lap, fastest sectors and fastest speed during the final race.

"This is the second time a million dollar prize has been missed on the last lap, after leading the race to the end with the best times. At Indianapolis we had miscoded the number of laps, an error that has made history as the million dollar bug. At Abu Dhabi, we had an electronic problem that blinded the car for a few moments, sending it to target 'speed zero' in a safe condition. It is nevertheless a great source of pride to carry the Unimore name in these international events with tens of thousands of spectators in attendance, as well as millions of contacts on the web. It is the result of teamwork between our university's areas of excellence: from the automatic controls carried out by our colleague Paolo Falcone, to the vehicle dynamics by Silvio Sorrentino, to the Formula Student and F1/10 initiatives by Francesco Leali, Alberto Vergnano, Paolo Burgio, and Matteo Giacopini" commented Prof. Marko Bertogna, head of Team Unimore Racing.

In the preparatory phase, the competition involved PhD students and Unimore students together with researchers and programmers from the HiPeRT Lab - High-Performance Real-Time Laboratory of Unimore, a university spinoff that develops algorithmic and software solutions for high-performance real-time systems.

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Articolo pubblicato da: Ufficio Stampa Unimore - ufficiostampa@unimore.it il 22/05/2024