Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Fast and the Driverless: Munich Team Takes Home Roborace Victory

The sport of racing is a balance of strategy and improvisation, requiring intense focus to make split-second decisions. But when there’s no human pushing the pedal to the metal, how do you break away? Automotive enthusiasts will have a chance to see the answer in mid July, when Robocar, the world’s first robotic race car, attempts the first autonomous hillclimb at the 25th anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The demonstration is just the latest step as researchers and entrepreneurs work to to turn autonomous racing into a spectator sport. In May, a team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) using the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 autonomous driving platform built into the Robocar won the first Roborace Human + Machine Challenge in Berlin.