Thursday, July 13, 2006

New Great Challenge

There is going to be a race of autonomous cars up pikes peak.
There has been a "normal" car race up that mountain for many years now - so I'm waiting for robot cars to beat the human drivers in that race :-) For now the human driven cars need a little more than 10 minutes for the 20 km up the mountain; the makers of the autonomous cars are trying to beat 30 minutes. How long until an autonomous car beats 20, 15 and 10 minutes? I think that even the 10 minute record will fall in less than 15 years. However, I also belive that human race drivers will also be faster by then. Not sure when robot cars will be faster than humans - especially when the humans are allowed to use all kinds of electronic gear like ABS, ESP and radar guided brake assist systems. I belive robots will eventually be faster, but propably in the beginning only due to less weight and the ability to risk more.
The race is going to be on the 23rd of September, this year. Neither Stanley, H1ghlander nor Sandstorm are participating, but quite a few of the other Grand Challenge teams.