The video below can be taken one of two different ways. Optimists will see the lap, which is conducted at something approaching race pace, as a huge step towards fully-functioning autonomous racers. Pessimists are more likely to note the fact the car coasts for long periods, misses most apexes by a few meters and never looks particularly fluid.
This isn't the first time we've been given a look at DevBots on the racetrack. Earlier this year, two development cars took to the track in Buenos Aires. They hit speeds up to 186 km/h (116 mph), but one of the two cars didn't make it back to the pits after an on-track "incident." A working example of the Daniel Simon-designed racer also hit the track in Paris, but never went faster than walking pace.
The series will eventually run alongside Formula E and when it finally gets going – hopefully this year – teams will be able to program a Nvidia Drive PX2 processor to try and make their car faster than the rest. Top speed is pegged at 200 mph (322 km/h) thanks to four 300 kW (402 hp) electric motors, and the cars will race as a support series for Formula E.
You can see the on-board from Berlin below.
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