Self-driving race car crashes straight into a wall from the starting line ...

Self-driving cars have made their way to the raceway, but a Roborace in the UK took a wrong turn when one of the vehicles smashed right into a wall.

The Acronis SIT Autonomous, operated by a Swiss team, was gearing up for the race when the AI hit the accelerator and made an unexpected turn to the right – hitting the pit-lane barrier.

Six teams competed in a three-lap time-trial race with the self-driving, electric vehicles cruising through a mixed reality 'metaverse.'

This system navigates the cars through virtual obstacles that crews must avoid or lose points, but Acronis SIT Autonomous smacked into a real object before even making it past the starting line.

The vehicle face planted into the cement blockade, smashing the front-end that holds the AI camera, LIDAR system and sensors that decide the direction of travel.

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Self-driving cars have made their way to the raceway, but a Roborace in the UK took a wrong turn when one of the vehicles smashed right into a wall

Self-driving cars have made their way to the raceway, but a Roborace in the UK took a wrong turn when one of the vehicles smashed right into a wall

'That is not the start we wanted to see, guys,' one of the commentators could be heard saying. 'I'm kind of speechless after that,' his partner said.

The event, called Season Beta, show cased six cars built with the same technology, but using different software, Car and Driver reports.

The Roborace was planned without spectators prior to the coronavirus pandemic, so race officials were hopeful the sport would take off as the pandemic still lingers in the UK.

Acronis SIT Autonomous is seen parked, but the accelerator appears to switch on and it takes a sharp right turn straight into the wall.

The Acronis SIT Autonomous, operated by a Swiss team, was gearing up for the race when the AI hit the accelerator and made an unexpected turn to the right – hitting the pit-lane barrier

The Acronis SIT Autonomous, operated by a Swiss team, was gearing up for the race when the AI hit the accelerator and made an unexpected turn to the right – hitting the pit-lane barrier

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