Friday 1 April 2016

Robocar: The first electric, driverless race car

Robocar: The first electric, driverless race car

The designs of the first driverless and electric race car have been unveiled.

Dubbed ‘Robocar’, it is part of the newly launched motorsport championship Roborace – the first global championship for driverless cars.

It has been designed by newly appointed Chief Design Officer Daniel Simon who previously created cars for Hollywood Sci-Fi blockbusters such as Tron: Legacy and Oblivion.

The first Roborace series will take place during the 2016/17 all-electric Formula E championship.

A total of 10 teams will compete in one hour races using two driverless cars each. All the cars will be the same as with the first season of the Formula E series, with the competition provided by the real-time computing algorithms and AI technologies used by the teams to drive the vehicles.

Mr Simon said: “My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty. Racing engineers and aerodynamicists have worked with me from the beginning to strike that balance.”

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added: "Today is an historic day for motorsport and the car industry in general. This first image of the Robocar represents a vision of what cars will be, a vision of our future.”

The finale of the first ever all-electric race took place in London last year.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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