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When driverless cars beat humans at Formula 1 or the world rally
championship, I will suspend my AI skepticism, but we're nowhere near that.
In the meantime, an international self-driving car race would entertain and
help advance the technology. Or maybe it would just embarrass the industry.
||Welcome to the Halfbakery, [Pip]!
||Nice idea, and probably doable. I suspect self-driving F1
would be simpler than driving on a regular road, if only
because the track is known and safety is probably less critical.
Perhaps the driverless cars should carry their programmer as
an inert passenger, to add to the spice?
||I'm amazed this hasn't been thought of before. With
the battle on for companies to create practical
driverless cars this would be
something that could actually happen. We know we
love mechanical competitions from the great and
successful show "Battlebots" from many years ago.
||Welcome the HB. Great idea! [+]
||For a driverless car race, it really needs to be on a more
interesting track. It could include random simulated
pedestrians, tight spaces, traffic lights, rogue self driving
cars that violate traffic rules, etc. Time penalties could
be given for hitting pedestrians or otherwise violating
traffic safety rules, but to make it a real-time race, cars
are held up at the end of each lap. The final lap is
penalty free, so cars will have a special mode where they
don't yield to pedestrians or observe traffic laws. This
will lead people to worry what would happen if the code
for that mode ended up in a car in the real world.
||Stick them on Mars and leave them to it. Given
time, they'll evolve and come back to Earth for a
game of race the human.
||[+] Would watch for sure (and I have very little interest in
watching human-driven racing). Especially if there are
visualizations of what the cars are seeing and thinking!
||Prior (and slower) art: DARPA Grand Challenge (desert
autonomous driving challengeno finishers, IIRC), DARPA
Urban Grand Challenge (subsequent urban autonomous
driving challengemore success), NXP Cup (only seen an ad
for it but I think it's a faster race than the DARPA ones, and
it's specifically for students)