ROBORACE will be a motorsport championship with autonomously driving, electric powered vehicles. Soon, exhibitions will be held on the same downtown city tracks as Formula-e. Roborace will be a support series to Formula-e, eventually leading to the first global championship for driverless artificial intelligent racing cars.
Once the series is launched, as many as twenty autonomous cars, will compete in one-hour races over a full season. All teams will have the same spec cars, but each team can develop their own real-time computing algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies.
The cars will be manufactured by Kinetik, which announced that the cars would be capable of top speeds of 190 mph. The look of Roborace cars have already been designed by the imagination of Daniel Simon who, among other things, designed the vehicles for the last Tron Movie.
This will be a global platform to showcase revolutionary AI technology and innovative robotic technologies and AI taken to the edge. Such an information based high-performance platform will showcase the advantages driverless vehicles in absolute extreme conditions. This is expected to push the development time-frame of Autonomous technology for driverless vehicles on all our streets and highways.
Roborace events will develop demonstrate the latest technologies. There are independent talents throughout the world that will contribute to this initiative in a non zero sum game and race teams will be open for enthusiastic software and technology experts all over the world.
Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “We are very excited to be partnering with ROBORACE on what is surely one of the most cutting-edge sporting events in history. Roborace is an open challenge to the most innovative scientific and technology-focused companies in the world. It is very exciting to create a platform for them to showcase what they are capable of and I believe there is great potential for us to unearth the next big idea through the unique crowd-sourced contest.”
So far Roborace has showed up at some Formula e events and have run several test runs with an autonomous race car “DevBot” at speed.
The series recently released videos in what will be an ongoing documentary series that offers a behind the scenes look at the work going into making Roborace a reality. The Roborace team doesn’t shy away from showing the difficulties in bringing an autonomous racing series to life. Just like any other racing teams, engineers dealing with computer and battery failures, and other problems. The series organizers understand 2016-17 as the “beta season” for Roborace, their main goal, to continue doing demonstrations with the test cars in order to continue development and familiarize people with the series.
ROBORACE cars will be full size racers