‘Roborace’ car makes street track debut in Marrakech

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Driverless electric racer completes track test successfully in Marrakech, Morocco

The planned Roborace series will see self-driving cars compete at Formula E ePrix over the weekend



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It is a car packed with technology that its developers boldly predict will transform our cities and change the way we live.

Recently, the self-driving “DevBot #1” has taken a giant leap forward in Morocco, making its road debut at Formula E Marrakech ePrix.

The battery-powered prototype is being tested for Roborace – a proposed race series where driverless cars will compete on makeshift city circuits.

Roborace’s Justin Cooke told CNN: “This is the first time we’ve run the Devbot in drone mode on a Formula E track in the middle of the street.

“It was exciting for the team that put in hours of work. These people stayed up until 1-2 a.m. developing a technology that no one else in the world can do at this rate and in the next few days. this complex environment.”

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Using a variety of sensors – including GPS, radar and sonar – in alliance with complex computer programs, the car learns to navigate the road at speed avoiding any obstacles.

Cooke, who is also the CMO of Kinetik – an investment firm founded by Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov that is providing financial support for the project, said: “What we are doing is being at the forefront of the field. technology right now.

“There are two or three types of space races, if you will – some people will go to Mars, we are developing robotic cars and I think it is probably one of those space races, if not more. is the most interesting in the world right now. ”

After a successful 30-minute test in Marrakech – the host city of this year’s United Nations climate change conference (COP22) – Cooke said the company will test the two cars together on the road. racetrack with the ultimate aim of having up to 10 cars compete at each Formula E ePrix weekend.

“Being at COP22 as we celebrate an electric future, a driverless future – it was the perfect time for Roborace,” said Cooke excitedly.

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“More than anything we want people to get excited about technology because it will change our lives, it will transform our cities.”

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