Roborace, the showcase series for self-driving race cars running alongside the Formula E championship, has completed its first ever live demonstration of two driver-less cars on the track at the same time.
The demo took place on the city streets of Buenos Aires – which is playing host to Formula E’s third race of the 2016-17 season – using Roborace’s development cars, DevBot 1 and 2. ahead of the reveal of the Robocar race vehicle at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 27.
The two DevBots, kitted out in liveries matching Argentine football teams River Plate and Boca Juniors, took to the track together and navigated the street circuit entirely autonomously, using the various sensors and systems on board to navigate the street circuit without any human intervention.
The driver-less, electric racing series aims to provide an avenue for autonomous driving as well as offer software engineers a competitive venue to refine their craft. Teams will apparently share the same hardware, as in a base car, but develop their own software to run it.
The basis of competition is interaction, with the ability of the AI software to perceive and interact within a dynamic environment being key to proceedings. Now, who said that there’d be a remote chance of driverless racing ever becoming a reality, then?