auto race

As a former club racer, I’m pretty mixed on this one. FormulaE will have a companion set of races for autonomous vehicles next year. Now competitions for alternative power and/or autonomous vehicles are nothing new. But in this case, it brings it in-line with a human-piloted series. And since there is no need to protect a human, the design of the vehicle can radically change (will be interesting to see how they write their sporting regulations). Almost certainly the autonomous cars will eventually have faster lap times. We’ve already seen technology facilitate that with dual sequential gearboxes, traction control, ABS, etc. The question is how long it will take…

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