A new robot racing car series is due to start in 2017.
According to Roborace, the battery-operated prototype reaches speeds of 350 km / h.
The "Roborace" series is expected to start in 2017 and will see 10 autonomous cars all driving the same route.
The car successfully drove the route at the Formula E Marrakech ePrix in November. The fully electric racing series will serve as a venue for robot races on ePrix weekends.
The car was developed by a small team of engineers and computer scientists. "With this car, we have different types of sensors," said Sergey Malygin, Roborace's artificial intelligence developer, to CNN. "First of all, there are laser measurements based on light, so we have information about the 3D objects in our environment."
"We also have cameras, radars and ultrasound equipment to get information about other vehicles and base stations," continues Malygin. "We also have precise positioning systems and optical speed sensors."
"It takes a lot of computing power to get this information in (the car), process it, and get a valuable understanding of what's going on around us," explains Malygin. The raw data is then decrypted by algorithms that tell the car where the walls are and where other cars are on the street.
Roborace engineer Matas Simonavicius says that each wheel is driven individually, which provides more stability and safety.
"An engine drives a wheel," Simonavicius told CNN. "This way you can use torque vectors – you can control the performance of the wheels, the drive and the power they deliver much better. They are more advanced than traditional ABS with stability control."
But are driverless cars a good idea?
"I think so," says Simonavicius. "What is the leading cause of accidents at the moment? It is human error."
"That's why we want to put this car in a controlled environment where you can't injure anyone and prove that it works," argues Simonavicius.
"We're trying to change people's perspectives, so they will see it at races and see that it is safe and does all these cool things."