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Donkey Cars

Autonomous machines: Ars Electronica Center’s self-driving Donkey Cars can maneuver from A to B without human control.

Robots are autonomous machines. Self-driving cars, for example, can maneuver from A to B without human control. A “donkey car” is such a self-driving, remote-controlled car in miniature. It is trained to navigate a course independently. In the process, the donkey cars are repeatedly confronted with complex situations. To master these challenges, autonomous machines need artificial intelligence to help them become smarter. But how do machines learn in the first place?

Become personal trainers of self-driving cars at the Ars Electronica Center: With presentations in the Machine Learning Studio, you can meet these machines and even train them yourself to teach them how to drive, for example. In this step-by-step guide, you can read exactly how it works.