Has Roborace outdone Tesla in autonomous mobility?
The Polestar 1K Concept is a proper driverless autonomous GT.
One of the most fascinating events we auto geeks like visiting is motor shows where manufacturers go gung-ho giving us a faint but scant glimpse into their future. What interests you the most there? Cars, bikes or the scintillating foreground? To me, it is concept cars besides converging with the execs of automotive moguls. Concept cars allow infinite level of freedom to the boffins at the R&D departments as there are no hard and fast guidelines to conform to. The focus here is to bring genteel designs to the audience.
This is exactly what a company highly proficient in developing and testing autonomous vehicles to their fullest potential has done. They have revealed a concept christened the Polestar 1K which drives without a driver and has the talent to give Tesla's autonomous technology, a run for its money.
The facade looks ready for an onslaught with those headlights that illuminate in an obscene environment literally for a dazzling first impression. The glass canards just below the headlamps is an element never seen before and makes for a solid posture. The brawny but purposeful front carbon-fibre splitters are there to direct the air for the engine to cool. As this has no seats and will be driving by itself, there is a camera atop the headlamps which senses and transmits visual information of the asphalt and the objects ahead to the AI to maintain legerity in changing directions.
The haunches around the borders are bulky to shoehorn the massive wheels for incredible agility around the twisted roads. A profusion of LED lights are present at the rear area where huge gap exists for throwing air outside hence, improving its dynamic efficiency. The prominent yellow strip flowing seamlessly across the length of the car dissects the car into two halves deducing the level of accuracy with which it has been made. It also snugly tucks in a 360-degree camera which ensures everything is synchronised. There are two cameras on the outer corners of the rear portion to sense the objects.
Fun fact: The car can hit a top speed of 282 Km/h (175 mph) which is considered to be 'average' by their standards though.
The interior flanks several wires meaning that it is electric. They have been set up high with a glass covering so that if anything goes astray, the team is known about it and the technical simplicity allows for easy replacement too.
I don't suppose I have seen anything as innovative and out of the box as this Polestar 1K Concept. If it justifies its reliability and hits a race track, it is surely going to smoke other cars. But more than that, what I like about it and that is increasingly becoming a sparse sight on our roads is its Fabian yet enticing design. Fusing these two characteristics is an ordeal and requires skilled craftsmanship which is certainly evident and to reiterate, may I say that it does bring a powerful perception about the future, which with cars such as this, is surely to flourish.