A self-driving vehicle is making the rounds this week at the National Broadcasters Association show in Las Vegas.
The autonomous shuttle runs a short loop with three stops between the Central Hall and South Hall. It moves at about 8 mph, which I thought made it a prime candidate for a footrace.
This is what happened when I tried running against the shuttle between two of its stops:
No contest. I clocked 16.73 seconds on the clock. It took the shuttle 48.63 seconds to arrive.
That got me wondering … could I walk faster than an autonomous vehicle?
Race-walking took me 42.08 seconds. The vehicle crossed the line at 54.39 seconds.
An operator controlling the doors said the shuttle slowed down a little (for safety) when I got too close, but I still claim victory.
Note: the race-walk was recorded three times to get the different angles used in the video. The results were the same each time. The on-screen counter shows the times of the first race.