Motor racing with driverless cars: why?

Will tomorrow’s racing cars need drivers?

According to the proponents of a new generation of motor sport, drivers will not be required in the cockpits of Roborace vehicles, which are 100% electric and 100% autonomous machines. The most elegant models were presented in mid-July in New York, on the sidelines of a Formula E competition. While there remains a question mark over the point of watching a contest between artificial intelligence-driven vehicles, and despite a major setback in February, the Roborace is certainly full of potential on the technological level at least. Indeed, the company involved, which currently has three prototypes, explained that its R&D efforts are far from limited to racing circuits. “Roborace is the future of connected and autonomous technology, which is coming into road cars in 3, 5, or 10 years time, depending on the horizons,” said Roborace’s Chief Technical Officer. Furthermore, it is worth remembering that Roborace intends to follow the model of Formula 1, the technical innovations of which have indeed ended up in the design of conventional cars.

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