It has been announced that a new autonomous race series will be run alongside selected events of the forthcoming 2016/17 Formula E season. The new championship will be called Roborace, and the first car has hit the Silverstone track to show the public exactly what it can do. Known as the DevBot, the vehicle features it’s own powertrain, sensor suite, processors and communication systems, which is the same technology that will be found in the competing race cars of the new series. Unlike the physical racecars, DevBot has a cockpit designed for a human to see exactly how the car and technology works to navigate the twists and turns of a race track.
Back in march when the first car design was released, Roborace creator Daniel Simon, best know for his work on films such as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion said, “we’re living in a time where the once separated worlds of the automobile and artificial intelligence collide with unstoppable force. My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty.”
10 teams will be competing in the 2016/17 season, each running 2 cars each for a 1 hour race. All the teams will be given exactly the same car, with the teams given the task of creating new algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies to gain an advantage over the other teams and win races. Denis Sverdlov, chief executive of Roborace described the championship as “It’s gaming, motorsport, technology and entertainment all rolled into one.” Running alongside the all-electric Formula E championship, Sverdlov’s description sounds the perfect way to evaluate the campionship.
Take a look at this video to see the DevBot in action;
Source – http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/devbot-tron-inspired-driverless-electric-8696170 – 26/08/2016
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSbSUeKEj00 – 26/08/2016