HONOLULU (KHON2) — The University of Hawaii competed in the Autonomous Challenge at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The UH AI Racing Tech team is one of nine teams from six countries representing 18 universities that competed in the single elimination event on Saturday, Jan. 7 in Las Vegas.

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The event began at 8 a.m. HST and was broadcast live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Indy Autonomous Challenge website.

According to UH, passes were attempted at increasing speeds until one or both cars are unable to successfully complete a pass.

UH AI Racing Tech Team Principal Gary Passon said he’s looking forward to improvement.

Passon also added, “These aren’t things that you go to Best Buy and buy. This is the stuff that nobody has done before so that’s really what the prize is for us—having the opportunity to do that and as well as getting recognized for doing that.”

The University of Hawai’i announced their autonomous race car team finished 3rd in the Consumer Electronic Show’s Autonomous Challenge at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Team members described the competition as rollercoaster.

“We took second place in November…and I think there were some questions as to whether we really were the better team. Today really proved that we do have the strength to come out here and absolutely crush it,” C.K. Wolfe, UH AI Racing Tech member and UC Berkeley graduate student, said on the live broadcast.

UH said its AI Racing Tech is a collaboration between UH Maui College, UH Mānoa’s College of Engineering, UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon University and UC Berkeley.

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The UH team competed against eight other teams.