The Bigger Picture: Robot Racer at the Rotunda

November 20, 2023 By Mike Mather, Mike Mather,

Even parked in front of the University of Virginia’s Rotunda, this car looks fast.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Indy car has reached speeds of 150 mph on famed racetracks like the Indianapolis, Texas and Las Vegas motor speedways. Without a driver.

The driverless racing car competes against other autonomous automobiles in events across the country. At the same time, it doubles as a testing ground for UVA Engineering students and faculty exploring the future of transportation. The Cavalier Autonomous Racing Team parked the car near the Rotunda Monday as part of a show-and-tell before the racer gets shipped out for its next event. UVA President Jim Ryan, fifth from left, stopped by to check out the ride and wish the team well.

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