While Australian team Monash Motorsport scored a memorable 1-3 with its combustion car winning the event outright and its electric car team coming third behind Oxford Brookes Racing, one of the main talking points at this year’s event was the creation and introduction of a driverless element to the competition. The vehicles will be provided by StreetDrone, a company that has been set up by Mark Preston who is very well known in motor racing circles as a former Formula 1 technical director and currently the team principal of the TECHEETAH Formula E team. The StreetDrone ONE is an autonomous vehicle (AV) platform designed to open up self-driving technology to educational institutions, as well as programmers and developers outside the traditional car industry. The basis of the car is the Renault Twizy hatchback that has been modified to include 360 degree cameras, laser sensors, customisable panels and a fully customisable operating system. However, for Formula Student, it has come … [Read more...] about Driverless cars coming to Formula Student
Mark Preston is the Team Principal of the Techeetah Formula E team and founder of StreetDrone, not to mention all the years he has worked in Formula 1 with McLaren and Arrows. Let’s ask him a few questions about the evolution of Formula E as well as Formula 1. Mark, how would you compare Formula E to Formula 1 today as opposed to in 2014, in its initial season? Formula E appeared to be solving many problems that Formula 1 is still struggling with. Behind all the innovations, what is the real secret to this kind of progress? Having experienced many years in Formula 1 developing areas that aren’t that easy for the general audience to understand, it’s was a refreshing position that Formula E took from the start. They wanted to focus on tangible Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) technology that would go from race to road into our future standard cars and I think that this is one of three success pillars. Racing has historically always been used as a marketing platform … [Read more...] about What’s next for Formula E and Formula 1?