It is possible that in the future, self-driving cars will become the new standard. After all, if everyone uses self-driving cars, in theory it should be a lot safer as it takes out issues like human error. However, a recently-held self-driving car race has shown that maybe the tech isn’t quite ready for prime time just yet.
Dubbed Roborace, this is the world’s first autonomous car race. During one of their races, which was livestreamed to Twitch, one of the cars pretty much immediately crashed into a wall. For some reason, the car decided to take a sharp right turn and accelerated right into a barrier from the get-go.
Roborace is the world first driver-less/autonomous motorsports category.
This is one of their first live-broadcasted events.
This was the second run.
It drove straight into a wall. pic.twitter.com/ss5R2YVRi3
— Ryan (@dogryan100) October 29, 2020
Thankfully, this was the only car on the race track, and we suppose due to the fact that it does not require a driver, no one was injured during the crash, except maybe the pride of the people behind the car’s technology. To Roborace’s credit, they did have a successful lap about a year ago when one of the vehicles managed to drive up the hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, so maybe we can chalk this up to some kind of glitch.
However, it is these types of glitch that we understand make some people nervous. After all, when you’re in a car driving at 60-70mph, the last thing you want is for the computer to suddenly bug out.