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Self-Driving Racecars Zip Into History at CES

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The autonomous racers as they roar around the track.

The Formula 1 racecar nicknamed "Minerva" reached nearly 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour) in its race.

Credit: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP

Self-driving racecars sped around an oval track at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as teams of students from around the world competed against each other in the high-speed Indy Autonomous Challenge.

"Minerva," the winning Formula 1 racecar from the Italian-American PoliMOVE team, raced at nearly 115 miles per hour (185 kilometers per hour).

Markus Lienkamp with Germany's Technische Universität München said the teams programmed the software driving each racecar by analyzing sensor data, in order to anticipate other vehicles' behaviors and maneuver accordingly.

Lienkamp said each race “plays out in seconds,” as the computer driving each vehicle “has to make the same decisions as a human driver, despite the speed," he said.

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