Robocar Is a Driverless Racing Machine Right Out of Tron

July 14, 2017

6:15 pm

The renowned automotive futurist and concept designer Daniel Simon, best known for his work on the popular movie Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, and Captain America, has designed a real version of his sci-fi cars for the race track.

Roborace developed the world’s first driverless electric racing car and is making a debut with their Robocar in Times Square in New York City today.

This race car is 4.8 meters in length, 2.0 meters in length, weighs 100KG, can hit about 322 kilometers per hour, has a carbon chassis, and four motors with 1,200 nM motor Torque. Robocar is powered by Nvidia’s Drive PX2 AI car computing platform and uses a number of technologies to drive itself, including 5 LIDARs, 2 Radars, six AI cameras, 15 ultrasonic sensors, optical speed sensors, GNSS positioning, and more.

The showcase kicks off Roborace’s weekend at the inaugural FIA Formula E Qualcomm NYC ePrix Championship in Brooklyn where the company will be performing demonstrations of autonomous vehicle technology using their development prototype car, DevBot.

“We’re thrilled to mark Roborace’s U.S. debut with a showcase of our beautiful Robocar in the iconic Times Square,” said Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Roborace in a press release. “Driverless and electric technologies will be extremely important in cities like New York City, and Roborace is bringing them into the public’s consciousness.”

The company believes that the future for an electric racing series “provides an open AI platform for teams to develop their own driverless software and push the limits in an extreme and safe environment.”

Watch it in action here

“It is exciting to bring the Robocar to one of the most forward-thinking cities in the world,” said Daniel Simon, CDO of Roborace. “One of the core ideas of autonomous driving is to solve traffic, and to see the Robocar surrounded by the congested streets of Times Square is a great reminder of those goals.”

Photos courtesy of Roborace

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.

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