Autonomous racing is an evolving new sport of racing and is an emerging technology that is rapidly increasing. Several events and series have been launched, including the first international autonomous racing series Roborace
(already launched in 2015), the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC)
2021 as well as student competitions such as Formula Student Driverless. The spirit of autonomous racing is to push the limits of autonomy in terms of performance and precision. By demonstrating safety, security, and reliability of connected and automated vehicles at the edge, i.e., at high speeds, high dynamics, and adverse weather conditions, a huge long-term impact on passenger car autonomy is expected. The mission of autonomous racing is to build trust on this exciting technology. While others focus on autonomy only, Roborace had a clear vision right from the start: Pioneering racing sports by building fully electric, zero-emission, high-performance autonomous racecars while bringing together the traditional racing fanbase, technical nerds, and digital natives.
Now, Roborace is the world’s first purely electric motorsport competition of full-size AI-racing robots in a mixed reality where coding teams from different countries all go for the win. Roborace executes events in physical and virtual environments with distributed geography (USA, UK, EU, UAE and further). After completing Season Beta, Roborace blends into the Season One with its own Metaverse, a coherent mixed reality for humans and robots enabling real-time gameplay.
Our tutorial will guide you through the development of the fully electric Metaverse along with the challenges of the autonomous software stack. The hardware design will include mechanical, thermal, and electrical aspects along with the system integration, durability tests, and performance optimization. You will get insights in steer- and brake-by-wire solutions, cooling concepts and the electric powertrain. We will introduce our racing-tailored sensor suite, computing platform, and the AI-enabled software architecture (perception, localization, planning). Finally, we will present our safety and security concepts to ensure safe racing at all times.