Roborace、Twitch
Roborace、Twitch

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


The first round of the Roborace season beta 1.1 took place on October 27th, and one of the teams was clearly not ready for the AI to learn yet. As soon as the car started from the grid, it changed direction dramatically and ended up in the pit wall. And it was streamed live on Twitch.

The Roborace event, held at the Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, UK, is not a typical car race, with each participating team's car running a time trial around the circuit, attempting to reach the finish line by passing checkpoints while avoiding virtual obstacles placed on the course by AR.

Many of the participating teams were able to complete their cars to the finish line without running off the track, but only the SITAcronis Autonomous team's car went straight into the concrete pit wall to the right of the track immediately after the start. It was rendered undrivable on the spot.

No one was on board the car and no one was injured, but it's unclear why the car ran into the wall as soon as it started. Unfortunately, it was raining and there were other teams, including the SITAcronis Autonomous team, whose car slipped under braking, causing them to spin out.

Watching just the video, some people might think that a car like Tesla's Autopilot would be a much more solidly automated vehicle. But circuits are much wider than public roads and highways, and there are no lines on the road and few landmarks around. It can be difficult to understand the track and road conditions and maintain an ideal line in such conditions.

And even though it may not look like it's going very fast in the video, it's actually thought to have a pretty good top speed. The time between the AI acquiring the information and properly processing and operating the machine is likely to be shorter than a typical self-driving system. Roborace is aiming to develop the technology in such a situation. If AI is developed, it should not fail in the way it did in this case, there is a chance that the machine itself will learn techniques that are as good as those of a human driver.

Source: Roborace (Twitch)


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.