Driverless Cars Will Be Racing Each Other Sooner Than You Think
In motorsport competition, entrants design and race road cars with home-built AI systems
The annual running of the Indy 500 in May was a huge event drawing over 400,000 spectators. Simultaneously, at California’s Thunderhill Raceway, a much smaller event was being held, which could be just as important for the future of motorsport. The event was a gathering of small teams, all entering their own designs for customized autonomous race cars. The entrants all had their own custom designs based on road cars, with home-built AI systems guiding them around the track. With the evolution of drone racing offering an alternative to the safety risks of humans hurtling themselves around a traditional racing circuit, it was only a matter of time before autonomous tech made its way into motorsport. Innovation not just happening at the amateur level such as at the Thunderhill Raceway event, but also at the pinnacles of racing itself: Roborace is a new series that will host exhibition races as part of the 2016/2017 Formula E championship.