Indianapolis Motor Speedway sponsors $1 million driverless race car event

Driverless race cars are coming to Indianapolis Motor Speedway … eventually.

IMS and Energy Systems Network on Tuesday announced a $1 million winner’s prize in a competition open to develop software that would enable cars to race on the Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval.

A driverless car race, the Indy Autonomous Challenge, is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2021.

Universities will compete to develop software for the race cars, in hopes that some of those ideas could incorporated into driverless or software-assisted passenger cars.

The challenge will include five rounds, including a white paper introduction, a video showing a vehicle in development, simulated races, testing at IMS and the race.

Registration is open through Feb. 28, 2020,