Can an Autonomous Car Outdrift a Human?

BMW pits man vs. machine to see who is better at sliding around the skid pad.

BMW is doing its part to usher in the rise of the machines with its “Ultimate Drift Challenge.” The battle pits two 2 Series models against one another, one driven by a computer and the other piloted by Japanese drift champion Dai Yoshihara. (Dai Yoshihara must mean “John Connor” in Japanese.) This video is actually a trailer for the actual battle which features a ton of skill challenges. The autonomous car is given a bit of an edge in this challenge as the track is wet for its runs.

It's an impressive display of tech that will likely be incorporated into future BMW safety features. Relax, folks: We’re a long way away from the Formula Robot Drift Series.

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