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FIRST in Texas Teams to Present at Indy Autonomous Challenge STEM Demonstration


Fort Worth, TX – The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) announced on September 29th that after a record setting competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last October and making history at CES 2022 in January with the world’s first-ever, head-to-head autonomous racing competition, it will return to racing at another iconic track with “The Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered by Cisco” at the Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, November 11th.

Teams competing at the “Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered by Cisco” will be making use of state-of-the-art equipment. This modern setup recently set a land speed world record for autonomous vehicles, sustaining 309.3 KPH (192.2 MPH) over 1,000 meters. The primary goal if the IAC is to advance technology meant to solve real world problems, and to speed the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and the deployment of the advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). The IAC is working to increase safety and performance in not only motorsports, but across all modes of commercial transportation.

Jason Arms, FIRST® in Texas Executive Director, said, “It has always been important for everyone in the STEM field to work together for the advancement of technology. This collaboration builds a platform on which to showcase the newest technology and to inspire and engage the kids that will be the leaders and innovators of the future, the backbone of the Texas workforce, and so much more.”

Occurring alongside this event on November 11th is a STEM demonstration featuring several FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition teams, along with other STEM organizations and presenters. Admission to the race and STEM demonstrations is free. Members of all FIRST® in Texas teams are encouraged to attend this event in team shirts to demonstrate their FIRST® pride.

To learn more about this event, view the recent IAC press release.