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Watch a Self-driving Car Race Full Speed Around a German Track

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Tech Editor
Updated: 22 June 2017
Roborace, a company attempting to establish the first autonomous car racing competition, has posted a video showing one of its self-driving cars racing at full speed on a track in Berlin.

The Roborace car navigated a lap of a Formula E track, according to The Verge, proving the car can race at full speed without crashing. The eventual aim is to have a racing competition running alongside the Formula E championship, which sees all-electric racing cars go up against each other.

The video, which you can watch below, shows the lap from inside the car’s cockpit. The development car completed the lap in around 1 minute and 40 seconds, 30 seconds slower than Formula E drivers, reaching a top speed of 124 miles per hour.

That speed is still slower than the NIO EP9, which did a lap of the Circuit of Americas in self-driving mode reaching speeds of 170 miles per hour. That record, by a car manufactured by Chinese startup NextEV, was on a more open track and there was a human behind the wheel, although not driving.

The Robocar recently also completed a lap of the Paris ePrix circuit, but that was done at a low speed in what the company calls “explorer mode.” Robocar also put on a demonstration at a circuit in Buenos Aires in February with mixed results. One of the cars was able to maneuver out of the way of a stray dog that had ambled onto the track, but at one point in the race a car crashed.