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Autonomous Run Announced for Roborace at Goodwood FoS

Roborace to attempt first autonomous hillclimb at Goodwood Festival of Speed…

Roborace will attempt the first-ever fully autonomous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it announced on Tuesday.

Its fully autonomous Robocar will tackle the 1.16-mile Goodwood hill climb course guided entirely by automated systems and sensors that give it a 360-degree machine vision.

Robocar took center stage in the Future Lab at least year’s event which this year will allow visitors to engage in a fully immersive VR experience of the run.

“We are excited that the Duke of Richmond 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 Roborace CEO Lucas di Grassi.

The car weighs 1350 kg and is powered by four 135 kW electric motors which produce over 500 hp in total.

Its data is processed by a NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 computer which includes inputs from the LiDAR, radar, GPS, ultrasonic and 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,” said Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Duke of Richmond and Founder of the Festival of Speed.

“Roborace plays an important role in the future of mobility, challenging public perceptions and providing a platform to advance new technologies.

“This makes them the perfect partner to undertake this significant feat.”

The 25th anniversary Festival of Speed will take place on July 12-15.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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