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Meet the Self-Driving Car Built for Human-Free Racing

• https://www.wired.com, Jack Stewart

Foldaway steering wheels. Spinning seats. Screens everywhere you look. After all, things get wild when the human inside doesn't have to drive, or even look at the road, anymore. But when you take the human out of the car altogether, the design department can fully let loose.

"We want people to see this like a Tron, or an Oblivion, or a Star Wars spaceship," says Justin Cooke, chief marketing officer of Roborace.

Roborace, if you haven't figured it out, is the company starting the world's first motorsports serious for driverless cars. And today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it showed off its star vehicle, which looks like it comes straight off the set of a high-budget sci-fi flick. The real-life, race-ready robocar resembles a crouching insect, ready to leap. The center of the body is just a narrow spine (no cockpit) and the four wheels (some things don't change) are tucked inside huge aerodynamic scoops.

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