Roborace’s Goodwood Run Is Proof That Skynet Is On Its Way

Autonomous cars arrived for the first time this year at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, ranging from a classic Mustang that is still learning not to hit the hay bales to Roborace’s driverless racecar.

Unlike the Mustang, Roborace’s first run went pretty good, considering the challenging hill route that comes with unusual obstacles and a bad-at-places GPS reception.

The Robocar is powered by four electric motors with a combined output of over 500hp. The rather futuristic race car is fitted with LiDAR, radar, ultrasonic sensors, a suite of cameras and a GPS system. All the data is then fed to a computer packing an AI algorithm which makes the car drive itself.

Roborace became the first fully autonomous race car to complete Goodwood’s hill route. The company aims to launch a driverless racing series that will support the Formula E championship, and this run certainly looks promising as far as the tech is concerned.

Watching the Robocar driving up the hill is arguably a bit creepy, as the sight of a vehicle with no driving seat making its way is something seen only on sci-fi films. That’s not coincidental, as the car was designed by Daniel Simon, who also penned the vehicles in movies like Tron, Oblivion, Prometheus and more.

Make no mistake: the machines are coming and they’re going to be intelligent. Can’t fight the future now, can we?



  • Six_Tymes

    too funny how at 1:40 it couldn’t even detect a fairly large metal object in the road and hits it with its front left tire. that said, pretty amazing looking aero design

    • Axiom Ethos

      I’m not seeing anything.

      • salamOOn

        1:42 flying from the car to the right…..

    • Tydogg123 .

      It looked like it was lying flat on the pavement and undetectable to the staff who monitor the track – but sure, it should have dodged it….

  • Mr. EP9

    Meanwhile with Siemens ’65 Mustang.

    • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

      Siemens Mustang more fun to watch 😀

  • Dude

    I prefer The Goodwood Festival of Weed more….

  • Bo Hanan

    Unmanned F1 Racing- the future?

    • benT

      and rue the day

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    It makes a rather nightmarish sound..

  • john1168

    This is pretty amazing technology but it is ssoooo boring to watch.

    • KareKakk

      Just wait until 19 more such cars race eachother while avoiding hitting anything and everything, and still trying to win… I believe Nascar’s “reputation” as the worlds fastest parking lot will find a new owner.

      • john1168

        To each his own I guess. To me it’s about the competition between man and machine against others. Not who’s software program is better than others.

        • Bo Hanan

          Operating an unmanned vehicle in a race against others takes skill.
          The sad part is the race to replace man with machine just went where no one expected.

  • Dude [Original]


  • drc

    What’s the point of having a driverless race car? It’s like having a robot screw your wife – what are you getting out of it except standing by the sidelines watching?

    • Status

      A dildo is a robot that can screw your wife.

  • SteersUright

    Stunning. Beautiful. And judging by its pace, clearly still a work in progress.

  • TheHake

    That thing doesn’t look creepy at all……

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