Formula E and Kinetik have announced a revolutionary new form of 'motorsport' that will act as support to selected Formula E events during the 2016/17 racing season, drivers not included! With the intention to provide a competitive platform for the autonomous driving solutions that are now being developed by many large industrial automotive and technology players, ROBORACE races will take place on the Friday before the main Formula E race and aim to have 20 cars on the grid by the time the series makes it debut. Denis Sverdlov, Founder of Kinetik and ROBORACE, said, “We passionately believe that, in the future, all of the world’s vehicles will be assisted by AI and powered by electricity, thus improving the environment and road safety. ROBORACE is a celebration of revolutionary technology and innovation that humanity has achieved in that area so far. It’s a global platform to show that robotic technologies and AI can co-exist with us in real life. Thus, anyone who is at the edge of this transformation now has a platform to show the advantages of their driverless solutions and this shall push the development of the technology.” Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said, “We are very excited to be partnering with Kinetik on what is surely one of the most cutting-edge sporting events in history. 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.” Such an innovative concept is sure to stir up plenty of emotional responses from fans of the more traditional forms of racing. Despite the impressive technology that would be required to make this idea work the main question on many peoples lips boil down to one thing: Will the racing be any good? Personally I'm not sure what to think about this new idea, please leave your comments below!