A challenge to pit an autonomous slot car against human-driven competitors has been launched for a 24-hour slot car race next year.
RCCO, a leading slot car racing series, will begin accepting applications for the project on Saturday Nov. 17 for self-driving technology to take part in its endurance race at Autostadt, Wolfsburg, next year.
This year’s event takes place next weekend and will include six concepts of electric sports cars from ABT, Audi, KTM, Lamborghini, Schaeffler and Volkswagen.
Some of the controllers will be operated by professional racing drivers including Frank Biela and Mike Rockenfeller.
“There is a huge amount of motorsport enthusiasm in the region.” said Autostadt CEO Roland Clement.
“After the magnificent record drive of the I.D. R Pikes Peak in the legendary hill climb race in Colorado, we are now looking forward to 24 exciting hours at the final of what is arguably the most important slot car series in the world.
“This is not only a great event for the fans. Interested engineers and AI specialists will be able to experience firsthand at the Autostadt what it takes to be an electric front runner and to develop ideas of how an autonomous slot car can successfully compete in the race.”
RCCO is developing a new type of chassis constructed like a real-world electric vehicle, and produced using new technology including carbon fiber 3D printing.
This technological advancement will enable the fielding of an autonomous slot car next year.
A virtual 24-hour race is also planned for next year’s event, in which e-sport drivers can compete with virtual cars in additional to the physical race.
This year’s 24-hour slot car race at Autostadt takes place on Nov. 17-18, and will be broadcast on RCCO’s YouTube channel.