Formula E Announces Driverless ROBORACE Grand Prix Racing

Formula 1’s electric arm the Formula E Championship has announced plans to race driverless cars during the 2016-2017 season.

The series called ROBORACE will be run right before the Formula E Championship race on the same circuit.

The race is a partnership between Formula 1’s parent company FIA and Kinetik. 10 teams, competing with two driverless cars, are planned for the event.

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CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag on the announcement (via Electrek):

“We are very excited to be partnering with Kinetik on what is surely one of the most cutting-edge sporting events in history. ROBORACE is an open challenge to the most innovative scientific and technology-focused companies in the world. It is very exciting to create a platform for them to showcase what they are capable of and I believe there is great potential for us to unearth the next big idea through the unique crowd-sourced contest.”

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