Roborace Autonomous Car vs. Goodwood FOS

Later this summer, Roborace will make history by sending their electric, autonomous car to the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb. Once there, Roborace hopes the car will perform a lot better than OK, and help to establish both the car and the brand as a for-real racing series in the eyes of the motoring world.

“We are excited that Lord March has invited us to make history at Goodwood in this attempt to be the first to face the climb to the hill in a completely autonomous way, using exclusively artificial intelligence,” says Lucas di Grassi, the Formula E championship driver and ambitious CEO of Roborace.

The Goodwood event will take place between Thursday July 12 and Sunday July 15, and Roborace fans will be able to experience the Hillclimb from “inside” the car by using Roborace’s VR software. That VR experience promises to get fans closer to the racing action than anything else before it, sure– but I’m not totally convinced I care.

See, to me, watching a machine calculate the perfect racing line and follow it up a hill isn’t as exciting as watching a human being push closer and closer to the edge trying to find that perfect line– but that’s just me. What about you guys? Do you think you’ll be able to cheer for your favorite Roboracer with genuine enthusiasm, or is this form of motorsport too much motor, and not enough sport? Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

Roborace to Attempt First-ever Autonomous Hillclimb

Source | Images: Roborace, via Motorpasion.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.