Roborace's "Season Alpha" series is due to be released in the spring of next year, supporting some Formula One events, and the series will use a development car development that can also be driven by a man.
DevBot 2.0 & # 39; retains the design of the original LMP inspired muzzle, but will be a rear wheel drive instead of a motor and has updated style and material.
Motorsport.com has learned that the initial period will probably include fewer than 10 cars that will be tested by a human for part of the race and will be controlled by artificial intelligence for the rest.
The new DevBot will be used for the first two seasons, known as "Alpha" and & quot; Beta & quot ;.
Roborace's CEO and 2016/17 E-Champion Lucas di Grassi explained that this is to make driver-free technology clearer for the people they are watching.
"We changed our minds," said di Grassi at Motorsport.com. "The original idea was to do it with Robocar.
"The impression of a driver and then jumping much better suggests the difference between human and stand-alone driving.
"Most importantly, I think motorsport has to have a human component, it has always been for man and machine."
Di Grassi said that "six or seven" new cars were built, that the company is still developing the software to ensure that they can fight the lead and that the final format is not set.
After assessing how the concept will work in the "Alpha" and Robotics, Roborace is planning to go to Robocar for the full release of the class in 2021, which will be considered its first appropriate season.
Today's Robocar, which was officially launched in early 2017, is completely autonomous and has a bold, unique design without a cab. However, this is likely to change because Roborace wants the final car to be controlled by a driver.
Di Grassi said that in 2021 it would be "like Roborace's son and DevBot together" with the latest technology available.
It predicts that the final product will have a power of more than 1000kW (1341bhp), four electric motors and the ability of each motor to control the power on each wheel.
The former Formula 1 driver says two teams have already signed Roborace's first season and the calendar ends at the end of the year.
Roborace will supply the equipment, coordinate its logistics series and maintain cars centrally, with teams responsible for software design to reduce costs and ensure that the category promotes specific technological development.
This will allow Roborace to enter the same car on an open platform that will allow students or individuals to develop their own racing algorithms, present their skills and be hired by major manufacturers and companies Roborace hopes to lure with orders against order.
Devbot 2.0 and Robocar
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