This is the race from the future. Machine vs machine instead of human vs human.
First I have to say that this is not my perfect race series, because cars will be the same only software differs from each team. The purpose of this race series is to test only driverless software technology.
Yet, this is a step in the right direction. What better way to test a car’s technology than a closed track and without humans drivers limitations.
The Roborace is the result of Formula E and Kinetik partnership to test driverless technology.
The first race is planned to take place during the 2016-2017 season. There will be ten teams, each with two driverless cars. Having more than one car per team makes sense to allow each team to test different algorithms in the race track.
Founder of Kinetik and ROBORACE, Denis Sverdlov said:
“We passionately believe that, in the future, all of the world’s vehicles will be assisted by AI and powered by electricity, thus improving the environment and road safety. ROBORACE is a celebration of revolutionary technology and innovation that humanity has achieved in that area so far. It’s a global platform to show that robotic technologies and AI can co-exist with us in real life. Thus, anyone who is at the edge of this transformation now has a platform to show the advantages of their driverless solutions and this shall push the development of the technology.”
CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag said:
“We are very excited to be partnering with Kinetik 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.”
There isn’t a lot of information about Roborace yet, but I’m excited. Have been waiting for these droids for a long time.