The “Roborace” car makes its road debut in Marrakech

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Driverless electric racer successfully completes track test in Marrakesh, Morocco

In the planned Roborace series, autonomous cars will compete at the Formula E ePrix weekends


It’s a car loaded with technology that its developers boldly predict will transform our cities and transform the way we live.

The autonomous “DevBot #1” recently made a big leap forward in Morocco, making its debut on a street circuit at the Formula E Marrakech ePrix.

The battery-powered prototype will be tested for Roborace – a planned racing series in which driverless cars will compete on temporary street circuits.

“It’s the first time we’ve run the Devbot in driverless mode on a Formula E track in the middle of a city street,” Roborace’s Justin Cooke told CNN.

“It’s so exciting for the team that has put in hours and hours of work. These guys were busy until 1-2am developing technology that no one else in the world can execute at this speed and in these complicated environments.”

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Using a variety of sensors – including GPS, radar and ultrasound – in conjunction with sophisticated computer programs, the car learns how to navigate a route at high speed while avoiding all obstacles.

“What we’re doing right now is at the forefront of technology,” says Cooke, who is also CMO of Kinetik – an investment company founded by Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov, which is providing financial backing to the project.

“If you will, there are two or three types of space racing — some people are going to Mars, we’re developing robotic cars, and I think it’s probably one of the most exciting, if not the most exciting, space events in the world right now. ”

After the successful 30-minute test in Marrakech – this year’s host city of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) – Cooke says the company will next look to run two cars together on the track, with the eventual goal of up to 10 To have cars compete every Formula E ePrix weekend.

“To be here at COP22 when we celebrate an electric future, a driverless future – this is the perfect time for Roborace,” enthuses Cooke.

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“More than anything, we want people to be excited about technology because it’s going to transform our lives, it’s going to transform our cities.” The “Roborace” car makes its road debut in Marrakech

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