Roborace — the world’s first driverless electric racing competition — will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham (UK) January 11 to 14, 2018 at the Autosport Stage at Autosport Intl. 2018. Visitors will see Roborace’s autonomous Robocar from Friday through to Sunday.
Roborace is a platform for the development of autonomous technology in an extreme environment and educates the public about the benefits and safety of these technologies when they make it onto the roads at scale. Designed by the automotive futurist who designed the vehicles in Hollywood movies such as Tron and Oblivion, Roborace’s autonomous Robocar is designed to show clearly that there’s no human driver in the vehicle.
Just over 1,000 kg, the car has four 300-kW motors — one at each wheel to allow torque vectoring — so that car capable can reach speeds to 200 mph. Roborace will complement existing racing that uses human drivers — such as FIA Formula E. It will provide an environment to develop A.I. technology for road vehicles at a faster rate than they can be developed on regular roads.
Roborace gives organizations developing driverless technologies an extreme yet safe environment to test their software and hardware pushing them to the limits of their capabilities. Robocar’s Nvida Drive PX2 GPU “brain” is capable of up to 24 trillion A.I. operations per second.
“We are delighted to have Roborace join us on the Autosport Stage at Autosport International. Roborace’s 200-mph Robocar has turned heads from the second they launched the project … and it will be exciting for everyone visiting the show to see [this] pinnacle of AI driving capability,” said Autosport Intl. Show Director Kate Woodley. “We love racing in all its forms, and Roborace is a great example of how to push the limits of autonomous technology — and make it relevant to the track and to the road.”
Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including Intl. and the annual Autosport Awards.
Visit www.autosportinternational.com to get tickets.
“It’s a pleasure to bring Robocar to the Autosport Stage. Roborace is the first and only competition series in the world for autonomous driver technologies and is therefore an important part of the motorsport world,” said Lucas Di Grassi, CEO of Roborace. “Autosport Intl. lets us meet visitors and introduce them to incredible possibilities of autonomous technology — and the very real application it will have to their own cars in the coming years.”
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