Purdue's Autonomous Motorsports put their self-driving karts to the test

Self-driving karts were out on the track at Lafayette Jeff on Friday.

Posted: May. 10, 2019 5:51 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)—Self-driving karts were out on the track at Lafayette Jeff today.

Purdue's Autonomous Motorsports held a practice for the EV Grand Prix in Indianapolis.

Students are encouraged to research new technologies and implement them on their autonomous karts.

Purdue has about twenty-five to one-hundred students ready to compete next week.

President of Autonomous Motorsports for Purdue Kai Strubel said hands on experience like this goes further than the textbook alone.

"The skills of you know taking on a real world engineering challenge,” said Strubel. “And realizing that things don't always go just how you learn in the textbook and that's a really important lesson."

The group will compete next Wednesday in Indianapolis at the Motor Speedway.

To learn more about Purdue’s Autonomous Motorsports click here.

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