Formula E to stage driverless AI ‘Roboraces’ starting from 2016-17 season

Source:AFP Published: 2015-12-2 23:43:01

Real-time computing algorithms will replace humans in an innovative series of driverless races to be staged alongside the regular Formula E season, ­promoters said Wednesday.

The Formula E championship features 10 teams of two drivers on city ­center circuits. Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr won the inaugural 2014-15 world championship.

Formula E is seen as a cleaner and greener ­alternative to Formula One and the news of the initiative coincides with the Paris-hosted COP21 global ­climate talks.

Now Formula E and Kinetik, a technology company specializing in electric vehicles and trains, will also stage races between 10 teams of two driverless cars on the same circuits as a warm-up to the main event.

This new championship,  "ROBORACE," will start in the 2016-17 season. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) guided one-hour races will run over the full championship.

Denis Sverdlov is the founder of ­Kinetik. He says he believes his ­brainchild ROBORACE represents the future of motor racing and the motor industry.

"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," he said.

"ROBORACE is a celebration of revolutionary technology and innovation that humanity has achieved.

"Robotic technologies and AI can ­coexist with us in real life. 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."

Cities on the 2015-16 circuit include Beijing, Paris, Berlin, London and ­Buenos Aires.

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