Wednesday 29th March, 2017
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Formula E mulls driverless championships

Formula E mulls driverless championships

The organisers of Formu­la E, an electric car race, have announced it will in­troduce a driverless championship from next year.
The Robo-race series will pro­vide a “competitive platform for the autonomous driving solutions being developed”, it said.
The races will take place on the same circuits in major cities used by Formula E.
Many traditional carmakers are developing autonomous ve­hicles.
“Robo-race is an open chal­lenge to the most innovative sci­entific and technology-focused companies in the world,” said Formula E chief executive Ale­jandro Agag.
Denis Sverdlov, founder of Ki­netik, which is a partner in the initiative, 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”.
“Robo-race is a celebration of revolutionary technology and innovation that humanity has achieved in that area so far.”
One of the teams will be organ­ised as a crowdsourced commu­nity team which, organisers said, would be open to both experts and hobbyists.
Formula E has been operating for two years and has become well-known for crowdsourcing initia­tives such as allowing fans to vote to give their favourite driver a boost during races.
London’s Formula E race is due to take place in Battersea Park in June next year but faces opposition from local residents.

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