Engineering students present Belgium's first self-driving race car

Formula Electric Belgium, a group of students from KU Leuven and Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, have presented the first Belgian racing car that can drive autonomously. The students will use it for several competitions against other student teams this summer.

Formula Electric Belgium is a team of engineering students set up more than 10 years ago. The composition of the group changes every year and makes a different racing car to compete against other student teams. This summer, the programme includes races in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Germany.

The car the group presented on Thursday can be operated with or without a driver, using lidar and machine learning algorithms, and can travel up to 140km/hr. It is also capable of accelerating from 0 to 100km/hr in 2.5 seconds.

"The goal is, on the one hand, to take students to a higher level, and on the other hand, to show what is possible within mobility," said team spokesperson Rob Ulenaers. “We hope this can inspire the sector and contribute to mobility solutions in the future.”


#FlandersNewsService | An earlier Formula Electric Belgium race car, the Umicore Eclipse © BELGA PHOTO JAN NAGELS

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