Roborace DevBot Is Autonomous Electric Race Car – Video

AUG 25 2016 BY MARK KANE 12

Autonomous racing series Roborace, launched just a few months ago, presented its development prototype, the “DevBot”.



The black prototype still has a seat for a driver, if one would like to compare human vs. computer driving, but the ultimate Robocar will be bereft of humanity, a computer on wheels.

It could be an interesting experiment, and we are eager to see the final racing version Robocar.  In total, 20 of these will race their own series alongside Formula E.

“Roborace unveils “DevBot” — an intelligent, robotic, driverless, electric development car.

The primary purpose of the DevBot is to allow teams to develop their software and experience the hardware that will be used on the “Robocar”.

Unlike the Robocar the DevBot has a cabin that can be driven by a human or a computer allowing teams to fully understand how the car thinks and feels on a racetrack alongside the comprehensive real-time data.

The DevBot is equipped with the same drivetrain, sensors, computation systems and communication technology as the Robocar designed by Daniel Simon which will be revealed later this year in 2016.”

DevBot in action

DevBot in action

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How exciting, who’ll win the robot drivers championship!


Why would they be good at that? They are awful at everything they do do!

I am so used to Windows that I feel quite clumsy and hamstringed when using my Mac. But when I use my Surface Pro and my MBP, connected to the same wifi network, to view any website (including this) it is simply impossible not to note how everything goes five to ten times faster on the Mac (except reading). My Microsoft hardware running Microsoft software also hangs randomly at least once every time I use it, and more often fails to shut down successfully if I want to restart after installing software updates. I never have any issues like this with Capitaine.

I have to say I wonder what makes a successful software company. It clearly isn’t an ability to make good software.

Stop going to porn sites and it will work just fine…

On topic though I don’t know if I could ever get behind robotic racing. As a plus factor no more driver injuries or fatalities but it just doesn’t seem like something I would be interested in.

A rather dumb idea. There is only one “fastest” line on a track. Those races will be decided by milliseconds during qualifying, then we will see the cars going round the track like a string of pearls during the race, without any passing maneuvres. It is the cars and human flaws and human mistakes that decide races – once you let computers drive identical cars all that is eliminated. I wonder what they imagine the outcome will be like.

It’ll be interesting when novel. But I think as a sport it will be awful but opposite to what you describe. One team will emerge with the best technology and having removed human error the racing will be so predictable as to become more boring than F1 in the early 2000s.

This has to be the most boring event ever. The point of racing is for drivers to challenge each other. This is software challenging other software. Unless you wrote it yourself watching software execute is no fun at all.

It seems that you’ve never attended a robo sumo event. But in terms of car racing I tend to agree.

As most automotive technologies, this will help vehicle automation. Race on Sunday, drive itself on Monday.

My ears!!!!

This is utterly idiotic. The whole point of racing is to race. Unless these are going to be wireless remote control, like a “real-world” video game, then I don’t see the point.

I suppose it would be fun for the programmers, but I can’t imagine getting “into it” as a fan.

Is it a marketing tool for autonomous driving systems? Then the objective should be “I win because I never crash” rather than “I am fastest”. A banged up Tesla is not worth it for getting to Burger King in three seconds less.