Car crash at a motorsport championship with autonomous electrically powered vehicles

An accident occurred ahead of the start of the latest Roborace Formula E electric car race in Buenos Aires the last weekend. "One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier," Roborace's chief marketing officer Justin Cooke told the media.

The damaged vehicle was an automatic autonomous  Devbot car, externally controlled by artificial intelligence software using a laser-based Lidar (light detection and ranging) system and other sensors to guide themselves. Such cars also communicate to avoid collisions with each other. During the race, a Devbot car was able to slow down when a dog ran onto the track, avoid it and take another path. Development of the Robocar started in early 2016, with a first outing of a test vehicle, the so-called "DevBot", following in the summer of the same year. This was, now,for the first time, a competition between two automatic cars, but the Roborace company intends to align soon10 teams of robotic cars against each other, each powered by different AI software. The next Formula E race will be in Mexico City on 1 April.