Driverless Cars To Race At Up To 150mph In UK

Driverless Cars To Race At Up To 150mph In UK

The organisers of the first all-electric race series has announced plans to ditch the drivers & hold the first fully-autonomous championship as well.

The new series called Roborace will run alongside the Formula E race series which began last year, & sees driverless cars competing against each other completely independently at speeds of up to 150mph.

Organisers say it will provide a competitive platform for the electric autonomous driving solutions that are now being developed by many large industrial automotive & technology players, as well as top tech universities.

Races will take place during the 2016-2017 season, using the same city-based circuits as the Formula E series including London, Beijing & Mexico City.

Ten teams, each with two driverless cars, will compete in one-hour races over the full championship season.

All the teams will have the same cars yet compete using real-time computing algorithms & AI technologies.

Denis Sverdlov, founder of Roborace & the race partner Kinetik, said: "In the future, all of the world's vehicles will be assisted by AI & powered by electricity, thus improving the environment & road safety.

"Roborace is a celebration of revolutionary technology & innovation that humanity has achieved in that area so far.

"Just as the mission of the new Formula E sport was to promote & improve electric car technology, the mission of Roborace is to demonstrate the capabilities of driverless cars & improve them through sport."

Alejandro Agag, chief execiutive of Formula E, said: "It is very thrilling to create a platform for them to showcase what they are capable of & I believe there is tremendous potential for us to unearth the next huge idea through the unique crowd-sourced contest."

Source: “Sky News”

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