The world of self-driving cars is evolving at a rapid rate, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to let them roam about on public roads just yet. This was made evident during the first self-driving car race event.
During the event, which has been dubbed ‘Roborace’, team ‘SIT Acronis Autonomous’ suffered an unfortunate mishap in the first round of the Season Beta 1.1 race when their self-driving vehicle suddenly made an abrupt turn, crashing into the side barrier of the race track. Poor racing conditions can’t be blamed for the crash either as the track was in perfect condition, and that was the only vehicle completing a lap at the time.
Take a look at the unfortunate crash below
Roborace is the world first driver-less/autonomous motorsports category.
This is one of their first live-broadcasted events.
This was the second run.
It drove straight into a wall. pic.twitter.com/ss5R2YVRi3
— Ryan (@dogryan100) October 29, 2020
Thankfully, seeing as it was an autonomous vehicle no driver was hurt during the incident, aside from the race team’s pride of course. This crash doesn’t necessarily signify the end of Roboraces though. In 2019, an autonomous vehicle managed to complete the daunting hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed with relative ease, proving that with the right set up and enough preparation, we could soon be watching these autonomous speed machines race around without any unfortunate mishaps.
Take a look an autonomous vehicle complete the Hill climb at Goodwood Festival of Speed below:
Picture: Screenshot from video