Winning, but no Competition?

Where new technologies emerge, things change. The old way of doing things gets faded out. I understand some can see this as a competition. An example is the autonomous car. Technically it appears within our reach to deploy this at a large scale. Heralding the improved safety and preventing fatalities in traffic, but likely also costing jobs of professional drivers. In the interview of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, she tells us:

“the race to develop new transportation solutions like self-driving cars is "not a competition" between the technology and automotive industries.”

Races are often seen as a competition of sorts though, but I found it remarkable that in the same article featuring the interview, a proposal to speed up this change ‘exemptions’ can be won:

“a Senate committee is working on legislation that would make it easier for automakers to get self-driving vehicles on U.S. roads by winning exemptions from rules requiring human controls”

It is branded not really a competition, but a race in which things can be won. Though I expect it is also possible lose then, which still still sounds a lot like a competition.

Electric Vehicle - The TTXGP Changing Motorsports

Since 2009 the TTXGP motorsport has been putting its mark on the future of racing; with electric vehicles. Their first race during the Isle of Man TT was a big eyecatcher and they are still succesfully going strong. With nice ambitions for this year and 2013 already, this is where electric vehicles are also getting a lot of momentum and get noticed by the public.

With ever improving battery and motor technology this championship becomes better and better. It is expected that soon it will be competitive to rqce against the conventional fuel burning motorcycles, at which point many teams will wonder why they would still favour to use their current bikes.

 

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TTXGP checks in on day 1000 of their impossible mission to change motorsport s http://www.torquenews.com/1075/ttxgp-checks-day-1000-their-impossible-mission-change-motorsports

In the coming years higher energy density batteries are sure to be developed that could enable building an electric race bike fast enough and with a long-enough range to be competitive in a gas bike race on equal terms with the gas bikes. When that happens the racing world could ask themselves why do they need to continue burning gasoline to race.