The new Roborace series – the first ever for autonomous racing cars – has revealed the dimensions and AI computer supplier of its machinery.
The cars will be 4.8-metres long, and 2-metres wide, with a wheelbase of 2.8 metres and weighing in at 1000kg.
To put that in context, the car will be 200mm shorter than a Formula E single-seater but 200mm wider. It weighs 112kg more than a FE machine, despite that car's all-up figure including the driver’s weight.
'Superbrain' supplier also announced
Roborace has partnered with NVIDIA to supply its DRIVE PX2 'superbrain' – the world’s most powerful computers for in-vehicle artificial intelligence.
The announcement was made by Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA, and Denis Sverdlov, CEO of Roborace, during a keynote session at the GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley on Tuesday.
DRIVE PX2 can fuse data from 12 cameras, as well as radar, lidar (laser-light radar) and ultrasonic sensors. This allows algorithms to accurately understand the full 360-degree environment around the car to produce a robust representation, including static and moving objects.
Its two next-generation Tegra® processors plus two next-generation discrete GPUs, based on the Pascal™ architecture, deliver up to 24 trillion operations per second, which are specialized instructions that accelerate the maths used in deep learning network inference.