Roborace Reveals its Tron Cars for Self-Driving Tournaments

By Gary Cutlack on at

The next human/AI challenge could well be out there on the race track, with new AI racing series Roborace claiming to have created the world's first self-driving race cars.

And do they look the part too, with the design of the all-electric autonomous vehicles looking a bit like a Batmobile in racing colours, boasting covered wheels, no vulnerable little human head poking out, and air vents along the front that hint at massive power within -- even though they're electric. They've been designed by Daniel Simon, the man behind some of the art for Tron: Legacy, and also sometime designer for Bugatti and Lotus, hence the Monaco supercar car park look.

Here's a trailer for the event:

The plan is to incorporate some Roborace events within the 2016/17 Formula E season, running them as separate hour-long showcases of technology, and with top speeds previously said to be around the 180 mph mark, they ought to be exciting enough. Although without the faint possibility of live death, dismemberment or at least a good smokey rubber fire, will they be as captivating to see looping around a track as human-controlled cars? [Roborace via The Verge]

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