The World’s First ‘Driverless Racing Series’ Just Released Images of Their Cars, And They Look Amazing
The first of its kind, Roborace will be a driverless racing series set to debut later this year or early next year. Just recently the organizers unveiled what the custom-made electric cars will look like. These four wheeled autonomous vehicles are incredibly aerodynamic and, according to their designer Daniel Simon, will produce incredible amounts of downforce.
Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov stated that the cars will go up to 186 miles per hour. This will make them, by a long shot, the fastest autonomous driving vehicles in the world. Not much else has been disclosed about Roborace other than speeds and now the car aesthetics. Roborace founders stated that the first races are scheduled for the 2016/17 Formula E season. The format of hour-long races similar to Formula E has been mentioned.
Roborace will feature “disruptive and innovative new formats showcasing safety and extreme driving capabilities.” – Denix Sverdlov
Being designed by Daniel Simon (the designer of the Tron: Legacy Light Cycles) gives these cars some incredibly unique and flowing features. I’d even go to say they look cooler than the Tron cycles. Simon focused on utilizing the space gained by there being no need for a driver while still keeping beauty and design at the forfront.
Simon stated that he wanted “to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty. Beauty was very high on our agenda.”
The cars look pretty incredible! It will be interesting to see if the sport catches on. I feel like a lot of the “thrill” viewers of car racing get is that an actual person is controlling the vehicle. I’m not sure if people will grasp onto this as much as actual car racing. The technology might be even more intruiging though, leading to a completely new type of viewership. Younger and tech savy people will be more drawn it it. It will also allow for the pushing of speed and driving as there is no possibility of death. It’s an interesting trade off and I look forward to seeing how it all turns out when Roborace launches.
References: The Verge