Formula E announces driverless championship

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Formula E championship organisers and investment firm Kinetik have announced plans for a driverless electric racing car championship that will support rounds of the Formula E championship.

One-hour Roborace events will take place prior to Formula E races in the 2016/17 season, with 10 teams fielding two identical driverless cars each.

All the teams will compete using real-time computing algorithms and AI technologies, and one team will be reserved by organizers as a crowd-sourced community team made up of enthusiasts and technology experts from around the world.

Kinetik and Roborace founder 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 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.”

Details of teams and the technology that will be used are set to be released early in 2016.

December 7, 2015

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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