It was only a few years ago that driverless cars seemed beyond the realms of possibility and now it’s likely that people will be able to watch them race, with Formula E planning to have them compete at up to 186mph.
The all-electric racing series is working with investment firm Kinetik to create the world’s first driverless car racing series. Dubbed Roborace, the races will run ahead of each scheduled Formula E event from next season.
Ten teams, each with two cars, will square off against each other in hour-long races on the same circuits that the Formula E cars will hurtle around. The cars will be the same as the next in order to get the teams’ developers to focus on creating better algorithms and artificial intelligence to win.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Kinetik on what is surely one of the most cutting-edge sporting events in history,” said Alejandro Agag, chief executive of Formula E. “Roborace is an open challenge to the most innovative scientific and technology-focused companies in the world. It is very exciting to create a platform for them to showcase what they are capable of and I believe there is great potential for us to unearth the next big idea through the unique crowd-sourced contest.”
The Globalwebindex issued a report saying that about one quarter of all Internet users in the world use Google+.
The US tech press has completely ignored this story and falsely believes the ignorant echo chamber BS because 1) journalists love Twitter and hate any social network that competes with Twitter; and 2) North America has the lowest usage in the world, according to this report.
If US tech journalists know anything it's that if US journalists don't use something then nobody does.
Here's Globalwebindex blog post on the news:
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