60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

Real FX Seven years in the making, and funded via Kickstarter, this small British firm has taken Scalextric-like cars and removed that whole vexing slot-track thing while adding tailored artificial intelligence (AI). So two sensors in each car read the track, and AI algorithms do their best to keep each remote-controlled car within the lines, like an invisible hand guiding it around corners. Clearly physics and a robust trigger finger will cannon you off, but the AI works just hard enough to keep this the right side of difficult. Add a “pace car” mode for car two, which means that children can race alone, and endlessly tweakable sets with pit stops for tyre changes, refuelling and various hazards, and this is a compelling package. Plus, the cars are upgradable in…


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