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‘Formula E’ electric car racing is spawning a new revolution: Roborace! The cars are completely autonomous – no drivers behind the wheel, and in fact, no wheel. It all begins next year, maybe even later this year. Gentlemanoids, start your engines!
We’ll Take Two
It takes a long time to refuel an electric race car, manned or unmanned. Therefore each team will have two physically identical cars.
Daniel Simon: Race Car Designer
Simon was brought on by RoboRace to design the cars. A veteran of Lotus, Lamborghini and other companies’ race car designs, Simon brings a wealth of experience. His hand is in everything from materials to aerodynamics.
In a Wired UK interview, Denis Sverdlov, RoboRace CEO claimed these cars could reach 300 kilometers per hour, or 186 mph. That would make them the world’s fastest autonomous cars.
The Robot Brain
The cars’ brain will be the Nvidia Drive PX 2 supercomputers. Nvidia’s self-driving platform has 12 CPU cores along with two Pascal GPUs, yielding eight teraflops of computing power. Each team will have a free hand to develop unique software algorithms, resulting in unique tactics, handling routines and more.
Tron: Legacy Lightcycle
One reason RoboRace hired Simon is that he knows how design for beauty, not just speed. Most will know his work as designer of the Lightcycle for the film ‘Tron: Legacy’.
The Long And Winding Road
The tracks are Formula 1, open-road style – like Watkins Glen – with all the ‘natural’ turns, rather than NASCAR ovals.
One of the nice things about there being no driver inside is the opportunity to max out on collisions. Remember how much you loved wrecking your cars when playing with ‘Hot Wheels’? Enjoy a good ‘Death Race’ movie? Well, here it comes!
Robot vs. Human
This would be AlphaGo – or maybe Speed Racer – for real. But would you tune in, race fan? Let’s answer for you: Yes!
Remote Auto Racing?
RoboRace has plans for a car that will be “crowd-sourced’, meaning that fans will have a chance to participate in driving. Talk about the ultimate in gaming!