The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has revealed that it is considering to adopt a self-driving safety car for Formula One races to promote the autonomous technology.
At the same time, FIA is keen to ensure that the drivers remain the key attraction of Formula One. But, have also discussed how to promote driverless cars in other elements of the race.
The Head of FIA's Formula One Technical Department, Marcin Budkowski has suggested that a self-driving safety car will do the job of promoting advanced technology in the automotive industry without deviating from the main race.
Budkowski also said that the fans would not be interested in a driverless Formula One series. But the other driverless racing series such as Roborace will play a vital role in promoting the autonomous technology.
Roborace, the world's first championship for driverless cars was announced in 2016 as part of the tie-up with the all-electric racing series; the Formula E. Budkowski states that the same strategy will not work in Formula One.
However, Budkowski believes that using motorsport as a platform to promote new technologies to the public will be a great idea. He also said that the autonomous driving technology would have a substantial impact on the safety.
The autonomous technology is considered as the future of mobility. Now, FIA is planning to promote the self-driving technology in motorsports. But a driverless F1 series will never be accepted by the fans. A separate series for driverless cars such as Roborace will be ideal to promote such technology.