New driverless racecar debuts

An autonomous racing car prototype known as DevBot has been unveiled in anticipation of the upcoming Robocar series.

Futuristic designs of the car, created by Daniel Simon, Chief Design Officer at Roborace, were first revealed to the public earlier this year in a mysterious video.

However, the recently revealed prototype differs significantly to these sketches, boasting a much more traditional racing car form.

The custom-made vehicle contains the extremely sophisticated Nvidia Drive PX 2 supercomputer, which enables it to self-pilot. This prototype also features a cockpit – which won’t be seen on the finished product – to allow the teams to experience the autonomous drive.

Reportedly, the model can reach speeds of up to 180mph. It uses a host of lidar and radar sensors to provide all-round 'visibility', while two GPS sensors on top allow it to position itself on track.

The DevBot will make its debut at Donington Park later this month, during the Formula E open practice sessions. Ten teams will each run two of the same DevBot driverless racers. However, they will have to create their own software and coding.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

August 24, 2016

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