Anki Drive calculates different routes and outcomes, much like a human driver, or an AI chess opponent
With simulated weapons, no cars will be harmed in the playing of this game
Some aspects of the Anki Drive app are still forthcoming
Screen capture from the Anki Drive app, highlighting its AI street smarts
Name a toy car that follows lines while navigating. A hundred years ago you would've answered slot cars, which use a physical line. Twenty years ago saw the mass production of toys that use optical sensors to navigate a printed line. This generation's new racing wonder toy, Anki Drive, still uses optical sensors to navigate an invisible line, but can adopt numerous racing strategies, detect other cars and conditions on the track, and react instantly. While nominally the successor in the toy race car market, Anki Drive arguably has more in common with a Google driverless car than it does with its scaled toy counterparts, and Anki has grander ambitions in the field of autonomous robotics.
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