Published on 28 Apr 2024

NTU debuts at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League

NTU and United Arab Emirates (UAE) tech firm Kintsugi debuted at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League (A2RL) held at the iconic Yas Marina Circuit, a race track renowned in Formula 1 racing.

As the only representative from Southeast Asia, NTU Singapore showcased its technological expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomous driving on a global stage, competing against top-tier institutions and organisations from all over the world, including the USA, Germany, Italy, the UAE, China, and Hungary.

The A2RL, which aims to inspire students and promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects in the UAE and beyond, featured the world’s first race of driverless Dallara Super Formula SF23 cars, on one of the most technically challenging Formula 1 racetracks.

The league also aims to spur further innovation in autonomous vehicle technologies and inspire the future landscape of racing and transportation. To join the league, Kintsugi’s aviation and space technology subsidiary, Autocraft, signed a research collaboration agreement with NTU and formed a joint team called Kinetiz.

NTU Singapore Vice President (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) Professor Louis Phee said that competing in this highly competitive environment is a milestone for Singapore and NTU: “Our joint team made a valiant effort, giving their all in this inaugural AI motorsports race. We have learned much from this challenge, and with our combined strengths in computer science and engineering disciplines, we are determined to aim for a spot on the podium in next year's race.”

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