Look Ma, No Hands!

The University of Virginia's Cavalier Autonomous Racing Club and its faculty advisor Madhur Behl, assistant professor with joint appointments in UVA Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and Department of Engineering Systems and Environment, are competing in the world’s first fully autonomous race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this October. The Indy Autonomous Challenge will reward the winning team with a $1 million prize.

The CAVALIER AUTONOMOUS RACING CLUB was initiated in 2020 through a $50,000 grant from the Jefferson Trust to give students across Grounds an opportunity to collaborate in real-world experiences like the ones Behl offers in his F/10 Autonomous Racing course. This year, Behl earned a CAREER Award  from the National Science Foundation for his pioneering research that will accelerate safety for autonomous vehicles.

We’re following what the team is up to as members prepare for the Indy Autonomous Challenge through this video series, but we’re not the only ones paying attention. We invite you to check back for new episodes of “Look Ma, No Hands!” as well as ongoing media coverage of the competition.

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Look Ma, No Hands! Episode One

Madhur Behl talks about how the hobby of autonomous motorsports turned into an international sensation and recognized method to develop safer autonomous systems.

Look Ma, No Hands! Episode Two

Madhur Behl shares an update on the University of Virginia Team and their preparations for the Indy Autonomous Challenge, along with some reflections on NASA’s robotic helicopter named Ingenuity.

Look Ma, No Hands! Episode Three

Madhur Behl and Cavalier Autonomous Racing Team members share lessons learned from collaborating to program a fully autonomous racecar that will clock 200 kilometers per hour on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.