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Formula E planning driverless championship for 2016

Formula E organization planning driverless championship for 2016-2017 season, hopes to encourage vehicle AI
By: Sean Ridgeley | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Nov 30, 2015 11:31 pm

Electronic car racing organization Formula E is planning a driverless championship starting in 2016.




Named Roborace, it's touted as offering a "competitive platform for the autonomous driving solutions being developed" which they hope will encourage innovation. Partner Kinetik, meanwhile, has faith it will progress the road toward AI assistance in all vehicles.


Ten teams with two driverless cars each will hit the circuits, which will remain the same as with the current championships. Interestingly, one of the teams will be a crowdsourced community team open to experts and hobbyists.


While some may find the lack of real drivers a turn-off, it becomes more appealing when you think of it more like robot battles seen on shows like Robot Wars, except with racing instead of fighting, and with much more powerful vehicles.

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