Someone is organizing a track day specifically for self-driving cars.
Autonomous vehicles are being tested on roadways worldwide, but how do they fare when it comes to tearing up a race track? Well, Audi has been testing several of its self-driving cars on world famous race tracks to great success, including the Audi RS7 seen above that took on Sonoma Raceway. The German automaker has also campaigned a similar vehicle at Hockenheim and in both instances, the self-driving car managed to turn in better lap times than professional sports cars drivers.
Joshua Schachter is organizing the first autonomous track day that will take place on May 28-29 at Thunderhill Raceway in Willow, California. The aim isn’t just to appeal to automakers and companies testing their self-driving technology, but to anyone who has an interest in autonomous technology, whether it’s a car, kart, a set of sensors or even control software. So far, two fully autonomous vehicles are signed up for the event as well as a self-driving kart. Schachter says that some sensing companies and connected-car companies will also join in on the fun. He’s also open to allowing teams to test out particular sensors or components by providing vehicles as test beds.
[Source: Ars Technica]