Roborace, the racing series featuring an electric race car that can reach a top speed of 199 miles per hour that’s driven by software, not humans.
The car is powered by Nvidia’s Drive PX 2 supercomputer, which is capable of up to 24 trillion IO operations per second. Drive PX 2 uses deep learning for 360-degree situational awareness around the car to determine precisely where the car is and to compute a safe and fast line around the track.
Powering this car around the track are four motors, a 540 kilowatt battery, and a chasis manufactured from carbon fiber. The sensors in the car include five light ranging and detecting radar sensors known as LiDAR, two radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, two optical speed sensors, six artificial intelligence cameras, and a global navigation satellite system. Charge, an Electric Vehicle firm from the UK, is providing the drivetrain for the Robot. Roborace and Charge CEO Denis Sverdlov, who also runs Kinetik the London-based investment fund, is also the electric truck partner of Formula E.
Unlike traditional race series, every team will have identical Roborace car designed by Daniel Simon, Robocar’s Chief Design Engineer. Only the software will be different. Simon will provide an open AI platform that will let companies develop their own driverless software for the Roborace Series.
Robocar has already demonstrated it’s capabilities at the Formula E ePrix in Buenos Aires this year, and plans further demos for 2017.
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