‘Robocar’: The world’s first electric self-driving racecar

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Image by Chief Design Officer Daniel Simon / Roborace Ltd.

The future of motorsport has been revealed in the form of the first ever electric driverless racing car.

 The futuristic autonomous Roborace car, which is unlike anything seen on race tracks before, was designed by Daniel Simon, the man behind Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters Tron: Legacy and Oblivion.

Daniel Simon, chief design officer at Robocar, 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

The driverless Robocar will be presented as part of the 2016-17 Formula E championship, an all-electric racing series which started up in 2014.

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

The 2016-2017 season will be the first global championship for driverless cars, in which teams will race their vehicles in ten one-hour races. As with Formula E, all cars will basically be the same, with races won by using cunningly formulated algorithms to maximise energy efficiency. There is also the potential in Roborace for ‘machine learning’ AI, where cars can use real-time sensors to adapt to every turn.

 Denis Sverdlov, chief executive of Kinetik, the company behind Roborace, said: “I believe that one day in the near future all our cars will be driverless and electric. Roborace will act as a catalyst by making driverless cars a part of everyday life.

“We hope to inspire a new generation of competitors and supporters, whilst at the same time demonstrating the capabilities of driverless electric cars and the positive impact that they will have on our society.”

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