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Anticipating the Potential Impact of Autonomous Cars in the World of Motorsports

The clamor for autonomous technology is rising with many contending that self-driving cars will bring enormous net economic benefits.

According to the people working behind the advancement of autonomous vehicles, driverless cars can optimize energy costs as well as reduce traffic congestion. Since artificial intelligence will be in control of the vehicle, car engines will be driven with utmost efficiency, whilst also reduce, if not eliminate vehicular accidents that result to physical injuries, deaths, and losses of or damages to property.

However, not a few professional race car drivers have expressed disapproval in the introduction of self-driven cars in motorsports racing. This appears to be inevitable, since tech companies and automakers are training and testing the capabilities of their self-driven vehicles not on public roads but on racetracks; rather than develop autonomous technology along the lines of training for real-time traffic, and in ensuring public safety,

What Professional Race CAr Drivers are Saying about Autonomous Vehicles

Lucas Di Grassi for one, a famous Audi race driver, foresees an impending doom once driverless cars become commonplace. He acknowledges the superiority of AI-driven cars, but warns that if driverless cars become common place, drivers will have less normal driving experience. As a result they will have less interests for race car competitions.

Another Audi professional race car driver, JR Hildebrand, who helps Stanford University students develop a driverless Audi TTS says, developments are still at the stage of cresting AI skills that will enable driverless race cars to learn on the fly, the way human  drivers do. Hildebrand says, the Audi being developed learns quickly, as it is now already within one percent (1%) of Hildebrand’s lap time. .

Hildebrand sees a different angle in the coming of automated vehicles in the world of car racing. He views the car racing industry as already stagnant.

In having driverless vehicles join racing competitions, the monotony can be broken. Granted that autonomous race cars can become super capable, a race between human-driven cars and AI-controlled machines therefore, could be the most exciting competition that can take place in the world of motorsports.

Highlighting the Importance of Including the Driverless Cars in the Business Plan

As Roborace CTO Bryn Blacombe puts it, there is a need to standardize vehicle hardware to ensure fair competition, especially in competitions where only driverless cars will be the entrants.

As a matter of fact, Roborace’s mission is to hold races purely between autonomous cars, which can bring game changing effects. Basically, such races are contests between software intelligence.

Needless to say, the advent of driverless cars can also impact the motorsports merchandise and sponsorship markets . Several organisations are predicting that by the year 2040, autonomous cars could account for as much as 75% of all automobiles produced globally by major car manufacturers. Many of whom are aiming to launch their first driverless cars at the market in the next few years.

That being the case, it would be wise for motorsports start-up enterprises to have a professional business plan service firm draw up their business plans. That way, the inevitable changes that autonomous vehicles will bring to the motorsports business will be included in the formulation and presentation of strategic operational and financial business plans.