LONDON (Jan. 10, 2017) — Roborace Ltd., a new venture working to develop a series for driverless race cars, has named Michelin Motorsports its official tire partner.
Roborace, which recently completed a successful test of its technology with a prototype "mule," hopes to be able to field a series starting this year.
Michelin Motorsports said it will use "next-generation" road-going tires for the series, which will run as a companion to the Formula E electric racing series now in its third season and for which Michelin is the spec tire supplier.
Michelin's role as tire supplier extends to helping Roborace develop its car. Roborace has been testing its mule the past few months at Michelin's testing facility in Ladoux, France.
"We expect our partners to be bold and to believe in a driverless future where our cities are greener, safer, quieter and smarter in ways that improve everyday lives," said Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov.