Self driving robot race car takes on Goodwood Festival of Speed's notorious hill climb

Mail Online | 7/12/2018 | Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com
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A self driving robotic racing car is taking 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, is shown in a practice run driving up the event's 1.16-mile hillclimb course, famed for its tight turns,hay bales, flint walls and forests.

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It has previously raced city circuits around the world as part of the Formula E race series - and later this week will compete against times set by human drivers on the famous course.

'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.

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The automated driving system the Roborace car will use at Goodwood has been developed by automotive technology company Arrival.

'The Goodwood hillclimb presents a real challenge for level four/level five autonomous driving systems,' said Arrival's chief of software and AI Sergey Malygin.

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'It is a narrow track with complex geometry.

'Turns and hills with a great deal of tree coverage mean you can't rely on GPS/RTK signal for localisation.

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'Use of all advanced sensors, including LiDARs and cameras with deep learning-based computer vision methods are needed to perform well at this course.'

The 2018 edition of the FoS is the 25th anniversary of the event, and takes place on July 12-15.

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The Roborace car weighs 1,350kg and has an NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 computer to process its data, which includes information from its LiDAR, radar, GPS, and ultrasonic systems, as well as camera sensors.

'I can't think of a more exciting way to celebrate our Silver Jubilee than to have Roborace attempt the first autonomous race car run up the hill,'...
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