AI could power self-driving car races in the future

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Artificial Intelligence advancements could bring a new form of entertainment to the table. Roborace, a UK-based company, recently tested the world’s first driverless electric racing car on the streets of Paris, paving the way to a new Formula One competition category.

The Robocar was designed by Daniel Simon, well-known for his work on many Hollywood Sci-Fi movies. The car has a futuristic design and looks truly stunning.

Describing this vehicle is not an easy task: from above, it looks like a spacecraft, while seen from sides, it looks like a winged torpedo.

As far as the processing power is concerned, the Robocar is powered by a monster Nvidia Drive PX2 computer performing a staggering number of 24 trillion A.I. functions a second.

At Formula E’s Paris ePrix, the Robocar completed five laps without human intervention. Roborace says this is the first time a self-driving car has been tested on streets of Paris. For more information, check out the video below:

If you’re curios to see the Robocar in action, mark the following dates in your calendar:

  • Berlin, 10.06.2017
  • New York, 15.07.2017
  • Montreal, 29.07.2017

You can send a participation request to the events listed above via Roborace’s official website.

AI car races

AI electric cars can travel at speeds of up to 320kph. Trial races are now underway, which suggests that full-scale robot racing could begin in a few years’ time. Rumors suggest that AI car races could become a reality in about five years’ time, while pessimistic approaches suggest that manufacturers and developers will need about 10 year to accomplish this task.

AI car racing already has quite a large number of supporters. Tech giants such as NVIDIA, Michelin and Charge are only some of the names that are actively involved in the development process of AI race cars.

This is an excellent piece of news for companies like Roborace and organizers of racing events — more supporters means more funds.

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