Officials of the recently inaugurated Roborace series have disclosed details concerning the size and weight of the driverless race cars.
Set to act as a support category for Formula E, the Roborace series will consist of 10 teams that will each operate two purely electric, driverless race cars. All of them will be the same, except for the software which is going to be tweaked by the engineers of each team. Now we know the car is going to be 190 inches (4.8 meters) long, 78.7 inches (2 meters) wide, and will have a wheelbase measuring 110 inches (2.8 meters).
Compared to a Formula E race car, a Roborace vehicle is going to be 7.8 inches (200 mm) shorter and at the same time 7.8 inches (200 mm) wider. The all-electric race car is going to tip the scales at 2,204 pounds (1,000 kilograms) which will make it 247 lbs (112 kg) heavier than a Formula E car (driver included).
Besides revealing the car’s size and weight, Roborace has also announced it has teamed up with NVIDIA from where the driverless race cars will get the brains. These will come equipped with DRIVE PX2 motors which are considered as being the most powerful engines in the world for in-vehicle artificial intelligence.
The DRIVE PX2 is capable of combining data obtained from no less than 12 cameras, as well as from radar, laser-light radar, and ultrasonic sensors. These all contribute to generate algorithms that are able to figure out the full 360-degree environment around the vehicle in order to come up with an accurate representation of the surroundings, including both static and moving objects. The Drive PX2 is equipped with dual next-gen Tegra processors and two next-gen discrete GPUs delivering a maximum of 24 trillion operations per second.
You will be able to check out these autonomous, all-electric cars in one-hour races set to take place during each of the Formula E ePrix of the 2016/17 season.