Self-driving cars will save us all! Driverless cars are the future! …Or, so I think until I finish watching the clip below.
Before that, please understand some background knowledge.
The video below is taken from the latest live broadcast of Roborace, which is the world’s first fully autonomous full-scale racing series. This is a very simple concept: the teams use their own electric self-driving cars to race on a real track.
All teams use the same chassis and drivetrain, but are responsible for proposing their own autonomous driving software to actually drive the car. Like all other cars, the fastest victory.
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It has been around for several years, and it seems there is still a long way to go before the car is completed.
Earlier this week, during the live broadcast of the game, a vehicle from the Acronis SIT Autonomous team was starting. The situation is normal.
However, after taking off from the line, it immediately hit the wall alongside the home run. Obviously, no one was injured. Check it out for yourself below.
Roborace is the world̵7;s first driverless/autonomous racing category.
This is their first live show.
This is the second round.
It just hit the wall. pic.twitter.com/ss5R2YVRi3
-Ryan (@dogryan100) October 29, 2020
You might think that getting self-driving cars to drive safely on the track will not be that difficult, at least compared to other challenges faced by self-driving car testing. On the track, there are no intersections and pedestrians or other drivers can navigate. Pavement and conditions are also easier to manage, and the boundary between tracked and trackless is clearly delimited by white lines, grass and walls.
Although it is worth mentioning that these clips are from Roborace’s Beta season, during which teams compete to release the fastest three-lap time trial time. These time trials revolve around real-world tracks and are scattered on these tracks. With virtual objects. All these factors work together to create a race of mixed reality, which Robelas calls the “eternal world”.
You can see the actual effect in this clip on the Twitch channel of the competition series.
The team and drivers reported that the head of the team, Ilya Shimchik, told the broadcaster that it is not clear why the car crashed.
However, a person who claimed to be one of the Acronis SIT team engineers clarified the situation after the game and then took them to Reddit. They said that the problem actually occurred during the initialization process, when someone showed the problem during driving.
Obviously, after the aiming circle, the steering value returned a NaN (not a number) value, which is synonymous with computers, and something messed up. When the car is to be taken off the assembly line in automatic mode, it locks the steering gear to the right to compensate for the NaN value.
After watching a bunch of Roborace clips, as in any motorsport, crashes and spins seem to be accidents. The only difference is that because the algorithm is not controlled by people but by cars, crashes (such as the above-mentioned accidents) can happen in the most inhumane and funny ways.
Given that this happened within a few weeks of Tesla’s release of the “fully autonomous driving” beta, let us take a moment to remind ourselves how difficult it is to make a self-driving car. Well, this happened on a closed track, not on a street among the public!
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Released on October 30, 2020-09:00 UTC