Elec­tric se­ries plans driver­less cham­pi­onship

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LON­DON: The world’s first elec­tric car rac­ing se­ries is plan­ning to add a driver­less cham­pi­onship in 2016-17 as part of its sup­port pack­age. For­mula E, now in its sec­ond sea­son, said in a state­ment on Fri­day that the new ‘Rob­o­race’ se­ries would be de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with in­vest­ment com­pany Kinetik. The aim was to “pro­vide a com­pet­i­tive plat­form for the au­ton­o­mous driv­ing so­lu­tions that are now be­ing de­vel­oped by many large in­dus­trial au­to­mo­tive and tech­nol­ogy play­ers as well as top tech uni­ver­si­ties.” For­mula E’s cur­rent cham­pi­onship started in Oc­to­ber and runs to July next year, mean­ing any new se­ries would be part of their third sea­son. The plan would be for Rob­o­race to take place be­fore each For­mula E round, us­ing the same cir­cuits in ma­jor cities world­wide with 10 teams each field­ing two driver­less cars.

Races would last for one hour and all teams will have the same cars, com­pet­ing “us­ing real-time com­put­ing al­go­rithms and AI (ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence) tech­nolo­gies.” One of the teams will be or­ga­nized as a crowd-sourced com­mu­nity team which or­ga­niz­ers said would be open to soft­ware and tech­nol­ogy ex­perts and en­thu­si­asts. For­mula E chief ex­ec­u­tive Ale­jan­dro Agag said Rob­o­race would be “one of the most cut­ting-edge sport­ing events in history.” “Rob­o­race is an open chal­lenge to the most in­no­va­tive sci­en­tific and tech­nol­ogy-fo­cused com­pa­nies in the world,” he added.

Tra­di­tional au­tomak­ers, es­pe­cially pre­mium brands such as MercedesBenz and Audi who are win­ners in con­ven­tional se­ries like For­mula One and sportscars, are al­ready im­ple­ment­ing ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance sys­tems on their cars. In 2013 a Mercedes-Benz S-class limou­sine drove be­tween Mannheim and Pforzheim with­out driver in­put. In­dus­try new­com­ers Tesla Mo­tors, as well as tech gi­ants Ap­ple and Google, are also de­vel­op­ing self-driv­ing cars. The cur­rent 10 round For­mula E cham­pi­onship in­cludes a race in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, with other venues in­clud­ing Beijing, Berlin, Moscow, Mex­ico City, Paris and Lon­don. Car­mak­ers BMW, Audi, Re­nault and Citroen are al­ready in­volved with For­mula E teams. — Reuters

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