In spring this year, this vehicle became the fastest autonomous vehicle in the world. The Robocar accelerated at the Elvington Airfield track in Great Britain to a dizzying speed of 281 km / h. He entered this historic feat in the Guinness Book of World Records. Roborace engineers have yet to say the last word.
Now they have arrived with their electric monster on the track to test it in a simulated race. Unfortunately, although in the last months of experiments he was doing great, now suddenly, right after the loss, he turned and crashed into the railing. While the damage is not great, a scar has appeared on the honor of the Roborace developers.
It should be emphasized here that there is no driver behind the wheel of the Robocar and the vehicle is not remotely controlled by the operators. Robocar is fully supervised by artificial intelligence algorithms, which, based on sensors, cameras and radars, can keep the vehicle on the track and race with other machines.
The accident clearly shows that despite the already high advancement of such vehicles, it still takes a long time for them to achieve the efficiency offered by racing drivers. We must remember here that in the case of the Roborace we are not dealing with a vehicle that will slowly drive around the city, but develop enormous speeds on the track, among other vehicles. Recently, Roborace engineers announced that this year new generations of the vehicle are to reach well over 320 km / h.
Robocar was officially presented in 2017. The vehicle has four electric motors located at each wheel. The engines generate a total power of up to 400 HP. The company expects that during the first official races, the vehicles will be partially supervised by operators for safety reasons, but will become fully autonomous over time.