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TUM wins $1M Indy Autonomous Challenge, open sources EVERYTHING

Congratulations to TUM for winning the $1M Indy Autonomous Challenge … with Galactic!!:1st_place_medal: The winning team recorded the fastest 2-lap average speed of 218.78 km/h, 60.77 m/s on the famed IMS Oval. It was an exciting and emotional afternoon for the teams and huge crowd with 350 high school STEM students (who all got the coveted IAC racing turtle t-shirts) and thousands of spectators in person watching the university teams do speed trials and obstacle avoidance contests. Our friend Mahendra Bairagi of AWS Sports arranged the Twitch IAC livestream watched by over 36,000 people including our ROS community.

“Open source collaboration got us here” said Paul Mitchell IAC leader and president / CEO Energy Systems Network twice during the awards ceremony. Paul then announced that Alex and the TUM team are open sourcing all of their work. Here is the TUM team’s GitHub with the winning IAC racecar’s:

Open Robotics, Autoware Foundation, Eclipse Foundation and our ROS community supported all the teams via the IAC Base Vehicle Software WG with Alexander representing all university teams and co-led by Gina O’Connell of IAC, Josh Whitley, Neil Puthuff and Joe Speed.

@Katherine_Scott talked with ZDNet about open source in IAC

IAC university teams use any software they want in the Dallara AV-21 racecars, open source or commercial without restriction. IAC started with 41 universities and 31 teams. Through a series of elimination challenges and team mergers, this was whittled down. All 9 IAC teams representing 21 universities that made it through to the final IAC race ran ROS 2 with Eclipse Cyclone DDS and Zenoh V2X (IAC how to here). Some used Autoware autonomous driving packages. Most teams ran Foxy but TUM made the move to Galactic Patch Release 1. TUM team leader Alexander Wischnewski said “Moving from ROS 2 Foxy to ROS 2 Galactic with default RMW gave us tremendous improvements.” Here is a deep dive into Galactic Patch Release 1 RMW performance.

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218 km/h is definitely the speed I want in my middleware!

Congrats to TUM!

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Congrats to TUM!

It was great to watch the event and it was really thrilling!
Hope to see more races like that, also with overtaking … :wink:

Great to have these cool projects like Cyclone DDS, iceoryx and zenoh in OpenADx. (https://openadx.eclipse.org/)
Hope, to support better in future…

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Go TUM, huge congratulations!! I’d like to think I had as much fun as them that day at the track, but perhaps they also win that battle too :upside_down_face: It was so cool to witness the event, meet the teams, and be at IMS for the day.

@ariexi I really hope we see some competitive racing soon too, but I’ll take whatever they give us!

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@lyle, fully agree, curious about every race they will give us … :wink:

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