Roborace breaks new ground at Paris ePrix

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Roborace showcased its autonomous ‘Robocar’ on the city streets of Paris, during the recent Formula E ePrix, marking the first occasion of a first driverless car on the streets of Paris. The driverless race car ran the 14 turns of the 1.9km circuit without a human in the vehicle entirely self-driven by autonomous software.

“We are extremely proud and excited to see the Robocar perform this demonstration in front of all the fans in Paris,” explained Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov. “It is another major milestone on this incredible journey. The team has worked so hard to get us to this point in a short amount of time, the car is alive and it has emotion and its own personality already. Roborace is the only company in the world right now testing driverless technologies on city streets without a human in the car – this is something truly unique.”

The Robocar weighs 1000kg and measures 4.8m long and 2m wide. It has 4 300kW onboard along with a 540kW battery, and is capable of speeds over 200mph. The car uses a number of technologies to ‘drive’ itself including 5 lidars, 2 radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, 2 optical speed sensors, 6 AI cameras, GNSS positioning and is powered by Nvidia’s Drive PX2 brain, capable of up to 24 trillion A.I. operations per second to be programmed by teams’ software engineers using complex algorithms.

At the car’s unveiling in Barcelona in February, chief design officer Daniel Simon said “This needs to be the superhero of self-driving cars. An ambassador for this amazing rise of artificial intelligence.”

Roborace’s open A.I. platform allows companies to develop their own driverless software and push the limits in an extreme and safe environment. The series is designed to be a competition of intelligence so all teams will use the same “Robocar” to ensure all efforts will be focussed on advancing the software for everyday road cars to adopt.

Roborace will continue to perform demonstrations at Formula E events during the remainder of the season.

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John joined UKi Media & Events in 2012 and has worked across a range of B2B titles within the company's automotive portfolio. Prior to joining the company, John worked for leading automotive design website, Car Design News. Currently editor of Engine Technology International, Professional MotorSport World, Professional MotorSport Circuit, and Transmission Technology International, John co-ordinates the day-the-day operations of each magazine, from commissioning and writing to editing and signing-off, as well managing web and social media content. Aside from the magazines, John also serves as chairman of the annual Professional MotorSport World Awards.

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