Research, with 1000 miles Mad Politecnico Milano begins testing autonomous cars on the roads

A milestone in the research and testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads. And the 1000 Miglia Autonomous Drive project” (1000-MAD), which has like the protagonist is the self-driving car set up by the Milan Polytechnicpresented on 11 June in the 1000 Miglia Village in Brescia, which will be used for testing along the route of the historic car race.

PoliMi underlines that the brand new and iconic Maserati MC20 Cielo, suitably equipped by the research team of the Milan Polytechnic with all the technological components necessary to make it autonomous, it will compete in the complete route of the 1000 Miglia 2023, tackling some sections in autonomous driving mode, in compliance with the rules of the Highway Code. The role of “supervisor” on board the car (necessary to be able to carry out the trials) will be entrusted to Matteo Marzotto, who will remember the 70th anniversary of his uncle Giannino’s victory in the 1000 Miglia in 1953.

The researchers from the Milan Polytechnic point out that the 2023 1000 Miglia represents only the initial phase of this ambitious project, and will be followed by a year of intense experimentation and refinement of the technology, with the aim of achieving, for the 2024 1000 Miglia, the ability to cover all the more than 1500 km of the route in totally autonomous mode. This experimentation will be made possible thanks to the authorization granted on 6/6/2023 by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to conduct autonomous driving tests on public roads, based on Ministerial Decree 70/2018 “Smart Road”. In the history of the DM70 this is the second time that an authorization has been issued, and the absolute first for such a long and varied context.

The Head of the 1000-MAD project, Sergio Savaresi, Full Professor of Automatics at the Milan Polytechnic, comments that “obtaining this authorization already represents a very important milestone achieved by the project after almost a year of work, as it will make it possible to develop the autonomous driving technology (i.e. all the automation and artificial intelligence algorithms capable of replacing the human driver) on an enormous number of real situations and types of roads, enclosed in the route of the classic 1000 Miglia”.

The project sees the collaboration of 1000 Miglia srl, the patronage of MOST (National Center for Sustainable Mobility) and the support of sponsors Movyon and Cisco, as well as the contribution of numerous technical suppliers. “With this project, the Politecnico di Milano positions itself as a pioneer in the sector of self-driving car technology, for the benefit of the entire national and international scientific and industrial community, with the ultimate aim of making an important contribution towards new mobility models sustainable” adds Donatella Sciuto, Rector of the Milan Polytechnic.