Abu Dhabi to host the largest autonomous racing league in the world
The Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League has been launched by ASPIRE, the technology transition arm of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). This announcement supports ASPIRE’s vision of building a world-class research and development (R&D) hub in Abu Dhabi. With the first autonomous car race set for Q2 of 2024, the league will become the world’s largest autonomous racing league.
As the first of a series of autonomous vehicle races, Yas Marina Circuit will host the autonomous car race. Featuring a prize pool of up to AED8 million ($2.25 million), the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League will use Dallara-built Super Formula cars. In addition to being the fastest cars outside of Formula One, the Super Formula cars will also be adequately equipped for autonomous racing.
By hosting challenges in autonomous racing and artificial intelligence (AI), the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League pushes the boundaries of autonomous mobility. As part of the league’s preparations, researchers will develop cutting-edge and low-risk solutions to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions while improving safety and performance standards in motorsports and commercial transportation.
By providing the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League with exclusive access to ASPIRE’s Dallara Super Formula car, JRP will enable ASPIRE to push the limits and high speeds of autonomous driving. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) infographics and real-time displays will enhance the viewer experience of the head-to-head autonomous car racing.
This will be the first of a series of autonomous vehicle races that will be held in the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League starting in 2024, which will include autonomous off-road racing, autonomous drone racing, and several other species of autonomous vehicles.