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



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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.”