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 Season Alpha race
Autonomous 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.
RoboCar 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 DevBot 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.
Here is the first footage from onboard one of the DevBots in fully autonomous mode during one of the events practice sessions.
Roborace are being tightlipped about when the next event is planned for and whether we can attend, but keep an eye out here for updates!