Roborace, a future driverless car racing has been announced by Formula E for 2017. Ten teams with two driverless cars each will compete against each other.
The inaugural Formula E championship has been won by Nelson Piquet Jr. from Brazil in 2014/2015. Until now, the Formula E championship was simply a competition between 10 teams of two drivers, racing in city-center circuits using electric-powered cars.
The inaugural championship has been hosted by 10 different cities: London, Monte Carlo, Berlin, Moscow, Beijing, Miami, Long Beach, Buenos Aires, Punta del Este and Putrajaya.
This week Formula E together with Kinetik (producers of electric trains and vehicles) announced a new competition for the next championship. It will be called ROBORACE and will consist of one-hour races among driverless cars on the same circuits as Formula E. The teams will use computing algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to operate their vehicles.
The founder of Kinetik, Denis Sverdlov says that in the future all cars and other vehicles will be powered by electricity and assisted by Artificial Intelligence. ROBORACE comes to embrace the imminent future and celebrate innovation and revolutionary technology.
Traditional car-producing companies are also embracing the future by developing their own versions of electrical-powered and driverless vehicles.
Audi, for example, has just announced this year that their driverless RS7 had better lap times at California’s Sonoma raceway than other pro drivers.
Toyota plans to have their first autonomous car available on the market in 2020 and so do Ford and Nissan.
After them, Jaguar and Land-Rover announced their intention of having autonomous cars on the streets in 2024 and Daimler in 2025.
On the other side, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors accelerates the driverless Tesla to the market of 2018 instead of 2020, as he previously declared. So does Google, who already tests their car on the streets, being even pulled over by the police for driving too slowly.
But the company working at the highest speed is Audi, who has announced that their next generation of A8 will have full autonomy, being able to drive itself on the streets of 2017.
At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, the US Secretary of Transportation predicted that driverless cars will be on the world’s roads by 2025. A similar prediction is being made by Intel’s CTO, who hopes that driver cars will be equipped with Core and Atom processors.
Another prediction comes from experts of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), saying that by 2040 about 75 percent of all vehicles will be autonomous.
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