Roborace, the platform for autonomous vehicles, has initiated a first race between two self-driving prototypes at the Buenos Aires street track. That was a world’s first.
Roborace will become the first driverless electric racing series where the development of autonomous technology will be showcased. After the development of ‘DevBot1’, a second prototype hit the street track used by Formula E as well. It was the first time in history that two autonomous race cars competed against each other.
The DevBots, carrying the liveries of Argentine soccer teams, used various sensors and systems on board to navigate the track whilst communicating with each other to ensure they made the necessary calculations and adjustments to avoid any sort of contact with one another.
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While ordinary race fans are not always enthusiastic, one of the founders pointed out why the project is important.
“This is an historic moment for Roborace and for the future of autonomous vehicle development. Seeing these two cars interacting at speed on a race track shows how fast the technology is progressing and how important a platform Roborace is for further development,” said Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Roborace.
“It is so exciting to see these vehicles functioning without any human intervention, making their own decisions and taking appropriate actions in order to guide themselves around the track.”
Also Alex Tai, CEO of Virgin Racing Engineering, is enthusiastic. “It is amazing how far Roborace has come since first showing the Devbot less than six months ago and we can’t wait to see the Robocar in cities soon,” he said.
“Many people are working on autonomous vehicle technology, but none have achieved the milestone of putting two cars on a race track together. The development of driverless technology is a long road and it is great to see platforms like Roborace pushing the boundaries and giving other progressive companies the opportunity to get involved.”
However, the first race didn’t go according to plan. ‘Devbot2’ crashed.
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Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov will be giving a keynote address and revealing the Robocar at Mobile World Congress on February 27th in Barcelona alongside Robocar designer automotive futurist Daniel Simon marking yet another major milestone for the competition.