Indy Autonomous Challenge Secures New Sponsors for CES Event

indy autonomousThe Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) has secured ASPIRE, Cisco, and Luminar as sponsors of the Autonomous Challenge at CES at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, event officials announced.

Scheduled for Jan. 7 during CES 2023, the Autonomous Challenge at CES returns to Las Vegas featuring nine teams seeking to break autonomous racing records.

ASPIRE is the program development pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). Cisco is a tech company specializing in data and infrastructure. Luminar is a vehicle sensor and software company producing lidar and associated software for autonomous vehicle applications.

IAC and Luminar have agreed to a three-year partnership that includes transitioning from Luminar’s R&D Hydra sensors to its series production Iris sensors, IAC officials said. The change to the Iris units will occur in 2023.

“The IAC continues to be at the forefront of innovation in automotive technology and is a proving ground for new, transformational safety technologies,” said Aaron Jefferson, vice president of product, Luminar. “The safety and performance benefits of our long-range lidar resonate with a broader group of people thanks to the IAC and we look forward to demonstrating how our series production sensor, Iris, can make driving at the highest speeds autonomous and safe.”

“The support of our premier sponsors – Aspire, Cisco, and Luminar – helps us to define the future of autonomous technology, which will impact nearly every major industry around the world,” said Paul Mitchell, president, Indy Autonomous Challenge. “Our mission is to shape innovation by pushing the boundaries of head-to-head autonomous racing. We are proud to partner with these companies who share our vision for the future of autonomous transportation.”

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