The future of F1? Self-driving race car that can drive at speeds of up to 185mph will take to the track in Abu Dhabi next year

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  • Dallara Super Formula SF23 relies connected nan latest AI to navigate and overtake rivals 
  • It will return portion successful a title adjacent April astatine nan Yas Marina Circuit successful Abu Dhabi

By Jim Norton Technology Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 09:14 EDT, 16 October 2023 | Updated: 09:15 EDT, 16 October 2023

Could this beryllium nan early of F1? 

A self-driving racing car that tin spell astatine speeds of up to 185mph is aiming to 1 time replace Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

The Dallara Super Formula SF23 will trust connected nan latest artificial intelligence (AI) to navigate and overtake its rivals connected nan world's astir iconic title tracks.

The Italian carmaker coming unveiled nan driverless exemplary astatine tech convention Gitex successful Dubai up of nan first autonomous car title adjacent April astatine nan Yas Marina Circuit successful Abu Dhabi.

Rather than trust connected driver skill, 10 teams of engineers will compete to creation nan cleverest algorithm to hit each different and declare nan £1.85m prize money.

A self-driving racing car that tin spell astatine speeds of up to 185mph is aiming to 1 time switch Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen 

Due to technological barriers, erstwhile autonomous races person only been capable to characteristic a maximum of 2 cars astatine time, according to title organisers.

The caller A2RL racing bid will beryllium nan first to let respective to compete, though officials person yet to uncover precisely really galore arsenic it will dangle connected information issues.

The 690kg conveyance itself is equipped pinch cameras surrounding nan vehicle, giving it a 360 grade view, alongside GPS to understand its position connected nan track, and some radar and LiDAR sensors that tin observe obstacles and different cars and estimate distances.

All this will beryllium controlled by a machine secured connected nan spot wherever nan driver would usually beryllium – and will beryllium lighter too. 

There will besides beryllium nary request for a squad successful nan power room to show fuel, tyre unit and deterioration arsenic this will beryllium fed into nan on-board monitor.

A blase algorithm will past publication each nan information adjacent instantaneously and thrust nan car autonomously connected nan track, learning arsenic it goes really to spell quicker each lap.

Dr Tom McCarthy, executive head astatine ASPIRE, which is moving nan race, said they had yet to trial nan car against a quality driver owed to information issues – but it would apt hit them arsenic nan computer's guidance times would beryllium quicker.

The Italian carmaker coming unveiled nan driverless exemplary astatine tech convention Gitex successful Dubai up of nan first autonomous car title adjacent April astatine nan Yas Marina Circuit successful Abu Dhabi

He said: 'The attraction isn't connected nan driver's accomplishment now; it's astir nan technology, programming, and instrumentality learning algorithms that let these vehicles to navigate intricate racetracks astatine breakneck speeds.'

Each of nan 10 teams will beryllium provided pinch nan aforesaid car and past invited to modify nan package down it to make it arsenic accelerated arsenic they can.

Scientists person been processing autonomous racing cars for respective years, though this will bethe first clip respective will compete astatine nan aforesaid time.

In 2015, researchers astatine Stanford University designed an Audi TTS, dubbed 'Shelley' that could scope speeds of 120mph and hit a quality driver successful testing by 0.4 seconds

That aforesaid twelvemonth nan first world title for autonomous cars, called 'Roborace' was launched and continued for respective seasons until closing past year.

In 2019, it group nan Guiness World Record fo nan fastes autonomous car successful nan world aft reaching a velocity of 175mph. This is 10mph slower than nan Dallara SF23.

Aspire is besides looking to usage nan A2RL title to person motorists that self-driving cars tin beryllium safe, moreover astatine speed. 

Dr McCarthy said: 'If you're driving connected nan motorway and person to debar a crash, who would you alternatively controlling nan car - yourself aliases a machine pinch nan guidance speeds and accomplishment of Lewis Hamilton?'

Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of ATRC, ASPIRE's genitor company, said: 'By bringing together scientists, developers, and coding gurus from astir nan world wrong an utmost sports arena, we are actively stress-testing capabilities connected nan racetracks, for information connected our roads'.


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