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Can a self-driving car beat a human in a race?

By T.K. Randall
May 16, 2018 · Comment icon 5 comments



Is an autonomous car faster than a human driver ? Image Credit: YouTube / Roborace
A prototype autonomous racing car recently battled it out with drifter Ryan Tuerck at the Formula E race in Rome.
As self-driving cars become increasingly sophisticated, the question of when we can expect them to match or even exceed the abilities of human drivers is now more relevant than ever before.

At the forefront of this debate is Roborace - a motorsport championship designed to pit autonomous cars against one another in an effort to find out which team has developed the most effective computing algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies.
At this month's event, the organizers took things one step further by pitting their DevBot prototype car against pro drifter Ryan Tuerck to see who was faster - the man or the machine.

Fortunately for us, it turned out that the human driver still had the edge as Tuerck managed to claim victory with a whopping 26-second lead over his autonomous counterpart.

As technology progresses however, it may not be long before even Tuerck is left in the dust.



Source: Engadget | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant 5 years ago
I can 100% see the future of racing being is
Comment icon #2 Posted by Hawkin 5 years ago
Can a self driving car take itself to the car wash?..
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tatetopa 5 years ago
Sure it can, eventually.† Currently, the human would have to be on foot.† The car could hit him and claim it was not responsible because of a software glitch..
Comment icon #4 Posted by Aardvark-DK 5 years ago
What happens if a self driving car, drives it self to a dealership, and tries to sell itself ?
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
Somehow I can't see the NASCAR crowd piling into a track and drinking lots of beer while watching Robocar #33 go around the track. The AI would need to add the normal banter such as "She's running a bit lose", "She's running a bit hot."† All that would be monitored in the Pits. Sort of takes all the fun out of it.


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