Watch This Self-Driving Race Car Crash Before Starting The Race
Even self-driving cars can be amusing.
Racing is supposed to be entertaining, right? Well, it appears that even self-driving race cars can be amusing - the Season Beta series proved this. Roborace "Season Beta" consists of six teams that compete in three lap time-trial races with electric race cars. Every team uses the same vehicle, the DevBot 2.0, but has their own software. In the first live broadcast, things ended before they had even begun for the Swiss team Acronis SIT Autonomous.
The Season Beta series takes place on real tracks, but in a mixed-reality "metaverse." Essentially, some walls are real, and others are virtually created. The Swiss team's autonomous race car set off, but within moments it had found itself nose-deep in a wall - a real wall. This caused a significant amount of damage to the car's front-end.
The cause of this unfortunate accident is currently unknown according to the team principal, Ilya Shimchik.
Self-Driving? More Like Self-Destructing!
OK, OK, calm down. Sure, Tesla has self-driving technology that has crashed a vehicle, meaning the systems aren't perfect yet. However, many companies are working on autonomous driving technology. GM's subsidiary Cruise, Waymo, NIO and, of course, Tesla are all working on self-driving technology with more companies joining every year.