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Driverless car crashes during its first professional race

20 February 2017

Formula E’s Buenos Aires ePrix saw two driverless cars race for the first time, even though only one crossed the finishing line after a minor crash.

The DevBot's in action (Credit: Roborace)

Roborace’s two driverless cars, the DevBots, took to the track for their first ‘race’ in a professional environment. All was going well when things took a slight turn and, according to the Roborace Twitter feed, Devbot 2 had a ‘racing incident’. It appears the car crashed after taking a corner too fast. Roborace was quick to turn to humor, claiming that ‘no drivers were harmed’…

Despite this little technical glitch, Devbot 1 won the race and set a new fastest lap with a top speed of 116mph. It also managed to avoid crashing into a dog that had made its way onto the track, proving that at least its built-in safety measures were up to scratch. 

Dog Vs DevBot (Credit: Roborace)

Click here to read DPA's previous coverage of the DevBot and its autonomous design.


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