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Driverless electric racing car hits the track for the first time

31 August 2016

DevBot, a prototype autonomous racing car, completed a successful lap around Donington Park’s circuit without a driver in control.

DevBot prototype (Credit: Roborace)

Roborace created the Devbot to demostrate the capabilities of driverless racing. The plan is to stage a series of races with these types of cars, taking place as part of the Forumla E Championship 2016/17 for driven electric cars. 

According to the Roborace video, the purpose of DevBot is to allow teams to develop their software and experience the hardware that will be used on the Robocar. The Robocar, designed by Daniel Simon, is the world’s first driverless electric racing car. However, unlike the Robocar, the DevBot has a cabin that can be driven by a human or a computer allowing the teams to fully understand how the car thinks and feels on a racetrack alongside real-time data.

The DevBot is equipped with the same drivetrain, sensors, computation systems and communication technology as the Robocar. It is completely custom-made, apart from a standardised safety racing cockpit for human drivers. 

The video, courtesy of Roborace, sees the driver get out the car and watch it drive off on its own.

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