Meet Robocar, a self-driving race car that could give Lewis Hamilton a run for his money


  • If you're a driving enthusiast, we have bad news for you. Autonomous driving has been quite a rage in the automotive scenario, but while it will be a boon in terms of a commute from point A to B, onset of driverless racing cars is an idea a bit too bizarre. Some Formula One fans have already had complaints that evolution of F1 cars has made the driver a bit less important. Ayrton Senna was considered a legend in F1 driving, and in his words, "If you no longer go for a gap, you're no longer a race car driver". Going for the gap is meant to be the driver's discretion. Without a driver, motorsports like F1 wouldn't be spectator sports.

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  • Robocar's design is the brainchild of Daniel Simon, a prominent designer behind many sci-fi Hollywood cars. It will compete against other identical Robocars in an all-electric racing series set to support next year’s Formula E championship.

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  • The Robocar has undergone a array of tests over the past few months, with the final one being two of Roborace’s prototype autonomous race cars competing each other on a track in Buenos Aires. One of the test cars even crashed.

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  • It is a sleek cabin-less, high-downforce production racer, and does make the current generation of F1 cars a bit archaic. The Robocar is powered by four electric motors that make 300kW each and a 540kW battery that Roborace claims will propel that car to 200mph while running on Michelin road tyres.

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  • It doesn't have any human input - a human brain and hence it has been given a digital one, which capable of carrying out 24 trillion A.I. operations per second! It thinks using NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2, that uses five lidars (light detection and ranging system), two radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, two optical speed sensors, six AI cameras, and GNSS positioning to get around the Formula E tracks.

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  • Sure, it is a technological marvel, and the engineers behind it are perhaps the some of the smartest people in the world. But, a racing car with a mind of its own.. It will have no tears of joy when it wins, not a broken heart when it loses, no playing with the champagne on the podium. Well, the spectacled boffins may crack open a bottle backstage later.

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