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riverless cars compete during the Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League at the Yas Marina Circuit

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AI-driven race cars test limits of autonomous driverless technology

By David Stock

Last weekend at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the competition took place. While each Dallara super formula car looked like an ordinary racing vehicle, there was one notable difference: they were completely driverless, guided instead by autonomous artificial intelligence software developed by eight university-affiliated teams. A suite of sensors was placed where a human driver would sit, including cameras, radar, lidar, GPS and an inertial measurement unit, along with the computing power to process the data the sensors provided in real-time.

The challenge for each team was to develop AI software that…

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