Watch Google’s Roborace autonomous car go for a drive, just in time for an American Formula E race

The race to develop self-driving technology gets a major boost today, as a Formula E race in Beijing draws a crowd for the debut of the Roborace — an autonomous car race that is…

Watch Google’s Roborace autonomous car go for a drive, just in time for an American Formula E race

The race to develop self-driving technology gets a major boost today, as a Formula E race in Beijing draws a crowd for the debut of the Roborace — an autonomous car race that is on track to be the first of its kind in the future.

In this video of the Chinese race track, you can see the prototype car take the track, race alongside other Formula E drivers and make some laps by itself. The Formula E team is currently in talks with U.S. teams to develop their own version of the car that could travel more than 100 miles an hour. It won’t race on the tracks of the U.S. until next year.

The Roborace Project, which is led by the British billionaire Tony Fernandes, and supported by a consortium of automakers and automobile companies, is known as the most ambitious and expensive project yet to bring autonomous racing to its audience. In its hyper-paced race style, races tend to be much shorter than Formula 1, which usually last for at least 90 minutes.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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