A futuristic update for the world of car racing: Roborace featured the first ever driverless electric race car called ‘Robocar’ at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona!
Denis Sverdlov, Roborace CEO said, “This is a huge moment for Roborace as we share the Robocar with the world and take another big step in advancing driverless electric technology.”
This striking vehicle weighs 975 kilograms and measures 4.8 metres long by two metres wide. Its four motors, each with 300kW and a 540kW battery, allow the car to reach dizzying speeds of over 200 mph (320km/h). Five lidars, two radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, two optical speed sensors and six AI cameras (not much, eh?) has allowed this Robocar to 'drive' without a driver. Powered by Nvidia's Drive PX2 brain (capable of up to 24 trillion AI operations per second), it also utilizes deep learning for 360-degree situational awareness around the car- determining precisely where the car is for a safe and efficient trajectory.
Mr Simon said: “Roborace opens a new dimension where motorsport as we know it meets the unstoppable rise of artificial intelligence. Whilst pushing the boundaries of engineering, we styled every single part of the Robocar.”
The company also provides an open AI platform for everyone to explore and develop their own driverless software, pushing the limits in, of course, a safe environment. Rob Csongor, Vice-President of automotive for Nvidia said: “Roborace and NVIDIA today push the boundary to accelerate the development of deep learning systems for safer passenger and commercial vehicles.”
What’s more? Two of these Robocars will go head to head in a race later this year! Well, will this be the type of car race that we’ll be seeing more as years go by? Can’t wait for a race series dedicated to driverless cars!