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Roborace: Ride onboard DevBot 2.0's first autonomous lap ahead of Race 1

Watch the fully autonomous, driverless race car complete a lap of Monteblanco ahead of the first S​eason Alpha race

1y ago

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A​utonomous racing has been on the cards for a while now and Roborace, with Formula E's Lucas Di Grassi at the helm, have lead the way. First with the unmistakable RoboCar which made its on track debut in 2017 at the Paris ePrix and more recently as it set the first autonomous time up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, last year.

R​oboCar does the hillclimb at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

R​oboCar does the hillclimb at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Then there was DevBot. The batteries and drivetrain from RoboCar were placed in a Ginetta LMP3 chassis, crucially, with a cockpit. This made space for a driver and allowed the autonomous system to learn directly from them. Plans for the race series started to come together, with the concept of teams of humans and AIs competing together to get the best of the technology and maximise race potential. With further testing and development, a fleet of track going DevBot 2.0s emerged. And just look at them!

The all singing all dancing D​evBot 2.0 race car

The all singing all dancing D​evBot 2.0 race car

The first season, Season Alpha, got underway this week at Monteblanco Circuit, Spain and, although the race was held behind closed doors, there will be events later in the season that fans can attend and catch a glimpse of the future in action.

H​ere is the first footage from onboard one of the DevBots in fully autonomous mode during one of the events practice sessions.

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Ro​borace are being tightlipped about when the next event is planned for and whether we can attend, but keep an eye out here for updates!

W​hat do you think of Roborace? Love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments

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Comments (64)

  • Pointless. I’ll never watch this

      1 year ago
    • What makes you say that?

        1 year ago
    • You can’t have a sport without players. I get it, it’s a good test of programming skill and a great feat of engineering, but motorsport has always been about the drivers pushing themselves to the limit to get that last tenth of a second. The...

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        1 year ago
  • It's just a bigger version of...

      1 year ago
    • Close, I think these are controlled by programming. So they're basically robots. It looks like robots will be taking over everything.

        1 year ago
    • Are you ok with that?

        1 year ago
  • But, half he fun of being a racing fan is having a favorite driver who can be a hero with a unique style. This is just the real life equivalent of the NPC drivers in games

      1 year ago
  • Neat. Also, RoboRace is available as a Hotwheels car. I have one.

      1 year ago
  • Cool science experiment. Now, let's get back to racing!

      1 year ago
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