Carnegie students join Roborace

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A student team from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will join the Roborace series for autonomous, electric-powered vehicles.

The team of students and alumni from multiple departments at the School of Computer Science will be the first US team to join Roborace.

Roborace supplies a platform including venues, vehicles, compute platforms and sensor stacks, and teams bring their own AI algorithms.

Carnegie will be one of six teams competing in the 2020/2021 series.

One of the team members is ex-NFL star Jimmy Herman, who has enrolled on a master’s degree in computational data science.

He said, “Roborace’s autonomous racing series provides an excellent platform to push the limits of autonomous driving systems, and it allows the public to see advancements in artificial intelligence in a more engaging way than driving statistics.”

The 2019 development season had six events in the UK and Europe, providing a variety of challenges in the performance, object avoidance, localization and precision areas.

Roborace also set a Guinness World Record for the fastest autonomous car and an autonomous record for a hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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