Autonomous AI cars bring racing video game to life at WWDC

Autore: ExtremeTech

The first demo at Apple’s WWDC show didn’t go exactly to plan, but once it got underway, Anki’s artificial intelligence platform looked genuinely impressive. On the surface this is just a few toy cars spinning around a model racetrack, but this isn’t a pre-programmed act. The Anki Drive cars are aware of their location and the location of the other cars. It’s like Google’s self-driving car, but on the small scale.

The demo consisted of three racers taking a reasonable, but not expeditious route around the track. When the “hero” car is added to the mix, it shoots around the course, taking tight corners and swerving between the other racers. It actually knows where the gaps are, and how to control its speed around turns so as not to fly off the course. All the action can be controlled through a new Anki iOS game, which is why Apple took time out of its opening to show it off.

The cars are equipped with sensors to collect up to 500 readings per second on position and speed, which are sent back to the iDevice in real time. The phone helps to track and manage the autonomous car. The connection is made through a standard Bluetooth 4.0 profile, as well. Users of the Anki cars will be able to control action from their devices to race against other human beings or the advanced AI. Part of the demo consisted of activating the blocking AI behavior of the cars, which then effectively held up the hero car.

Drive AppAt its most basic, this is a proof of concept — Anki’s technology could be used to power more than racing games. The company’s ultimate goal isn’t to make the best AI toy cars. The framework of this artificial intelligence fits in a car just a few inches across. Though, it isn’t clear how much processing is being offloaded to the Apple device. The app likely has a large role in making Anki’s technology work, as the cars did refuse to move when the connection was unavailable.

The same AI tech behind this simple game could make other robotics more useful and aware of their surroundings. The ability of Anki’s platform to make robots more autonomous is what could change the game. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a wayward Roomba or some other rudimentary household robot, this technology might be big in your future — it’s more than remote control.

The beta version of the Anki Drive is live in the App Store right now, but the final version won’t be out until this fall. Presumably this is when the physical cars will be available, which is really what makes this of interest. Without the real-world aspect for people to test, this is still just an informational app. The cars are sold separately, according to the app listing. The cost is anyone’s guess.

Still, this video game brought into real life could be just the start of something really interesting happening on mobile devices. This is only the first manifestation of Anki’s vision of the future. Hopefully that future has fewer connection issues, though.

Now read: Apple’s WWDC 2013: iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 Mavericks debut

5 thoughts on “Autonomous AI cars bring racing video game to life at WWDC

  1. E’ possibile commentare un Capolavoro con la c maiuscola?
    Non lo so, però si può provare.
    Electro-Soma è un capolavoro assurdo, fin qui nulla di difficile.
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    Dal punto di vista prettamente stilistico il disco è una techno tendente a ambient e IDM, chi ama gli Autechre, i Fuse o artisti simili avrà pane per i suoi denti.

    Che dire, un album che amo da più di un anno, un album fenomenale, un album da comprare a scatola chiusa.
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