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Autonomous vehicle technology racing team advances

The University of Hawaii Autonomous Vehicle Technology Team (UH AVTteam — a joint effort between UH-Maui College and UH-Manoa) competed in a qualifying “hack-a-thon” race for the Indy Autonomous Challenge and placed tenth overall and sixth in the fastest lap competition. More than forty competitors representing some of the most prodigious universities in the world competed for prizes and bragging rights as a top autonomous racing vehicle team.

The race was a qualifying competition for a $1.5 million university prize competition to win the world’s first head-to-head, high-speed autonomous race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October 2021.

The UH AVTteam has also qualified for the Purdue evGrandPrix, an autonomous electric kart series, that takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April 2021.

Team Principal Gary Passon of Maui said, “This is an exciting day for University of Hawaii and our AVTteam. We look forward to future rounds, engaging more students and bringing more technology opportunities to Hawaii!”

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