A Self-Driving Car Sets a Record at the Circuit of the Americas
At the Circuit of the Americas in southeast Austin, a self-driving supercar, the NIO EP9, set a few new records for the track. According to KXAN, “Without a driver or any driver intervention, the supercar set multiple lap records at COTA, including fastest driverless lap and fastest production car lap.”
The stunning blue car was able to reach 160 miles per hour without a driver and 170 with a driver, which beat the time record for a production car on the COTA track. Even though the car couldn’t get up to the ridiculous speed of 198 mph that an F1 vehicle reached, it’s incredible to see a self-driving vehicle approaching the speed a human driver can achieve. And racing fans are taking notice, like sbell80 wrote on a COTA Instagram post, “Not gonna lie that’s pretty cool…Imagine if there became an autonomous racing series… no safety regulations: insane speeds.”
Those who are interested in seeing the car in person can catch a glimpse during this year’s South by Southwest conference in Austin at the Coppertank Event Center. But keep in mind that the car isn’t available just yet, and of course, it’s going to be incredibly pricey. NIO says it currently costs $1.2 million to build one!