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Roborace's DevBot is the autonomous racecar only a few lucky developers will drive

PCWorld

A secret until Monday, it's the preliminary step in Roborace's mission to make an autonomous electric supercar. The black, buglike vehicle looks nothing like the stunning Robocar it supports, though it has the same drivetrain, sensors, and communication and processing technology. Here's the key difference: It has a cockpit for a driver. Developers competing to program the Robocar will be able to drive or ride in DevBot to test their software. Roborace has already been testing the custom-made DevBot on real racetracks and airfields, prior to revealing it on Monday.


Watch a self-driving race car nail its first full-speed lap at 124 mph

Mashable

Formula-E partner Roborace just hit another milestone on the road to fully autonomous, high-speed racing. The self-driving series just shared some new proof that it's edging closer to the starting line with some new footage of its first full-speed, self-driven lap on a Formula-E track in Berlin. The video gives us look at how the autonomous system works from inside the cockpit, hitting a high speed of around 124 mph with no driver needed. The electric self-driving self-driving racing series, which was first announced in 2015, has ramped up its development with public demos throughout this year's Formula E season. It's still not quite ready to put its cars on the track for a real race -- but the video proves that it's making progress.


The dawn of robot morality The National

#artificialintelligence

How can we programme a robot to behave morally when we don't have a working definition for morality ourselves? This is one of the many questions involved with the field of artificial intelligence and the development of advanced robots. While it might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, artificial intelligence has quickly become a facet of our daily lives. Take Siri or Google Now on our smartphones, and Amazon's Alexa. Rudimentary as they are today, these so-called "smart assistants" represent the future of artificial intelligence.


The first ever self-driving car race ended in a crash

Mashable

For the first time ever, self-driving race cars zoomed through a course in public, with impressive (well, for one of them, anyway) results. Roborace, the self-driving racing series Formula E announced in 2015, made history with its first public trial race at the Buenos Aires ePrix last weekend. The two competitors: Devbots 1 and 2, which raced each other in a sprint around the Puerto Madero street circuit. Roborace says the winning Devbot 1 hit a top speed of 186 kph (115 mph) during the contest. Formula E's normal manned cars can reach about 225 kph (140 mph), not waaay faster than the self-driving car.


Self driving robot race car set to take on Goodwood Festival of Speed's notorious hill climb

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A self driving robotic racing car is set to take on the world's best human drivers at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Roborace car, which is powered by four 135kW electric motors and uses an artificial intelligence driver, will drive up the event's 1.16-mile hillclimb course, famed for its tight turns, hay bales, flint walls and forests. It has previously raced city circuits around the world as part of the Formula E race series. The Roborace car, which is powered by four 135kW electric motors and uses an artificial intelligence driver, will drive up the event's 1.16-mile hillclimb course, the first time an autonomous vehicle has been allowed to compete'We are excited that the Duke of Richmond [FoS founder] has invited us to make history at Goodwood as we attempt the first ever fully - and truly - autonomous uphill climb using only artificial intelligence,' said Lucas di Grassi, Roborace CEO. The automated driving system the Roborace car will use at Goodwood has been developed by automotive technology company Arrival.