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|25th August 2016, 09:44||#1|
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DevBot, the driverless race car
Soon, Formula E will races will be joined by a new type of racing series that features autonomous electric vehicles. The driverless racing series is being developed by Roborace and will feature futuristic cars designed by Daniel Simon. The company just released a video of their prototype tester, simply dubbed DevBot, piloting itself around Silverstone Circuit in England.
Roborace calls it an “intelligent, robotic, driverless, electric development car.” The primary purpose of DevBot is to allow teams to develop their own software, while experiencing the hardware that will be used on the eventual Robocar.
But unlike the Robocar, the DevBot has a cabin so that it can be driven by a human being or a computer, allowing teams to fully understand how the car thinks and feels on a race track.
Roborace says that the DevBot features the same drivetrain, sensors, computation systems and communication technology as the Robocar.
While the final race-ready vehicles will be sleek rocket-like machines, DevBot's closed cockpit for a development driver gives it the appearance of a small LeMans prototype racecar, sans bodywork. Many of the mechanical bits are exposed. What bodywork remains looks striking in bare carbon.
Details remain scarce on the vehicle. All vehicles will be mechanical copies, though each team will be able to tweak the software and develop their own algorithms and artificial intelligences. Roborace claims the vehicles will reach speeds of up to 180 mph, though it's clear from the video that DevBot is nowhere close to those speeds.
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