Roborace series takes the driver out of the race car

[embedded content] A plan to create a series of auto races featuring driverless cars challenges one of racing’s essences – the human factor. U.K.-based tech investment company Kinetik is bankrolling Roborace, a series of races to be run in conjunction with the existing Formula E international electric car race series, starting with the 2016-17 season. The plan calls for teams of autonomous vehicles to race each other at what Kinetik chief executive Denis Sverdlov says will be “crazy speeds.” The race series, which still needs to be fleshed out, aims primarily to push the boundaries of the artificial intelligence (AI) at the core of autonomous-vehicle development. “We believe that all cars in the future are going to be driverless, electric and connected,” Sverdlov told Yahoo Canada from London. “Many people…


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