Driver­less Car Makes His­tory

Rob­o­race showed off their Robo­car on the city streets of Paris


The driver­less race­car per­formed a demon­stra­tion for the crowds at Les In­valides in the French cap­i­tal and wowed the fans with a suc­cess­ful show­case of its au­ton­o­mous ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The demon­stra­tion saw the car ne­go­ti­ate its way around 14 turns of the 1.9km cir­cuit with­out a hu­man in the ve­hi­cle, en­tirely self-driven by au­ton­o­mous soft­ware.

Rob­o­race CEO Denis Sverdlov said, “We are ex­tremely proud and ex­cited to see the Robo­car per­form this demon­stra­tion in front of all the fans in Paris. It is an­other ma­jor mile­stone on this in­cred­i­ble jour­ney. The team has worked so hard to get us to this point in a short amount of time, the car is alive and it has emo­tion and its own per­son­al­ity al­ready. Rob­o­race is the only com­pany in the world right now test­ing driver­less tech­nolo­gies on city streets with­out a hu­man in the car – this is some­thing truly unique.”

The Robo­car - de­signed by Daniel Si­mon, the au­to­mo­tive fu­tur­ist who cre­ates ve­hi­cles for Hol­ly­wood sci-fi block­busters in­clud­ing Tron Legacy and Obliv­ion - weighs 1000kg and mea­sures 4.8m long and 2m wide. It has 4 mo­tors of 300kw each, a 540kw bat­tery and is ca­pa­ble of speeds over 200mph. The car uses a num­ber of tech­nolo­gies to ‘drive’ it­self in­clud­ing 5 li­dars, 2 radars, 18 ul­tra­sonic sen­sors, 2 op­ti­cal speed sen­sors, 6 AI cam­eras, GNSS po­si­tion­ing and is pow­ered by Nvidia’s Drive PX2 brain, ca­pa­ble of up to 24 tril­lion A.I. oper­a­tions per sec­ond to be pro­grammed by teams’ soft­ware en­gi­neers us­ing com­plex al­go­rithms.

At the car’s un­veil­ing in Barcelona in Fe­bru­ary, Chief De­sign Of­fi­cer Daniel Si­mon said, “This needs to be the su­per­hero of self-driv­ing cars. An am­bas­sador for this amaz­ing rise of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.” Rob­o­race’s open A.I. plat­form al­lows com­pa­nies to de­velop their own driver­less soft­ware and push the lim­its in an ex­treme and safe en­vi­ron­ment. The series is de­signed to be a com­pe­ti­tion of in­tel­li­gence so all teams will use the same “Robo­car” to en­sure all ef­forts will be fo­cussed on ad­vanc­ing the soft­ware for ev­ery­day road cars to adopt. Rob­o­race will con­tinue to per­form demon­stra­tions at For­mula E events dur­ing the re­main­der of the sea­son.

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