A British-made driverless sports car has set the record for the fastest autonomous vehicle in the world, the driverless Robocar is officially the fastest in the world after breaking a Guinness World Record.
The car completed two runs at York’s Elvington Airfield, averaging 282.42kph (175.49 mph).
Roborace’s Robocar put the record back in March, but on Friday it was only published in the Guinness World Records’ 2020 book. There was no official benchmark to beat, but Guinness World Records set 257kph (160 mph) as Robocar’s unofficial speed to beat.
The Robocar was designed by a car futurist who had previously created Tron Legacy and Oblivion vehicles for Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters.
The car measures 4.8 m long and 2m wide, weighing in at 975 kg, and features four engines weighing 300kW each. It utilizes a number of technologies, including radar, ultrasonic sensors, AI cameras, and speed sensors, to “drive” itself.
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Roborace, a British startup, hopes that racing teams will all use the same Robocars in the future, but create their own AI driverless software to obtain a competitive advantage.
“Roborace opens a new dimension where motorsport as we know it meets the unstoppable rise of artificial intelligence,” said its designer Daniel Simon, Roborace Chief Design Officer.
“Whilst pushing the boundaries of engineering, we styled every single part of the Robocar“.
Last year, when it became the first self-driving car to finish the hill climb of the event, Robocar also wowed at the Goodwood Speed Festival.