Formula E and Kinetik are to become partners. Collectively the two are to inaugurate a driverless racing series in the year 2016.
Drivers? What Drivers? The Formula E Series and Kinetik are going to become buddy organizations and start the first autonomous races sometime next year. Very aptly termed ROBORACE it will last all the way until 2017.
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But what is the rationale behind this whole initiative? Well, it is the faith of the initiators that in the future all cars will have artificial intelligence installed inside them.
These vehicles will run on electricity. The environment will be pristine and pure as a result. The roads will be safer too. ROBORACE is basically a trend in revolutionary high tech components and creativity.
All the knowledge base that has been accumulated by mankind will be applied in the creation of driverless racing cars. It is actually a global project where the field of robotics melds with AI.
The driverless solutions that are sought will push the envelope of technology even further. A total of 20 cars will compete in the series and a ROBORACE session will last about an hour. It will be filled with exciting fun.
Ten different teams will provide two cars per team. This is the way things will work out when the ROBORACE does get underway. The only difference will be that each car will be like every other car.
This uniformity of design is something new and spectacular alright. The winning or losing streaks will be determined by employing various computer algorithms and AI methodologies.
Denis Sverdlov, Founder of Kinetik and ROBORACE, said: “We passionately believe that, in the future, all of the world’s vehicles will be assisted by AI and powered by electricity, thus improving the environment and road safety. ROBORACE is a celebration of revolutionary technology and innovation that humanity has achieved in that area so far. It’s a global platform to show that robotic technologies and AI can co-exist with us in real life. Thus, anyone who is at the edge of this transformation now has a platform to show the advantages of their driverless solutions and this shall push the development of the technology.”
As of now, there have been no announcements regarding teams or high tech solution methods. One of the teams will be of the crowd-sourced variety though.
ROBORACE is an attempt at showcasing both the human mind and its ingenuity in the field of robotics and AI. It is not just all about technology but the wetware behind the technology.
The contest will definitely be neck to neck. And the autonomous nature of the vehicles will prove that this is the first time in history that the drivers will be missing from the picture. The VW ad which says “Drivers Wanted” has been literally turned upon its head.
Formula E Series is mighty glad to be in partnership with Kinetik. The whole scheme is actually an open invitation to the latest technological companies around the globe to innovate even further than the limits of their imaginative faculties.
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Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “We are very excited to be partnering with Kinetik on what is surely 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. It is very exciting to create a platform for them to showcase what they are capable of and I believe there is great potential for us to unearth the next big idea through the unique crowd-sourced contest.”