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The “Roborace” car makes its street circuit debut in Marrakech

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Driverless Electric Rider Passes Track Test in Marrakech, Morocco

Planned Roborace series will see self-driving cars compete at Formula E ePrix weekends


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

The standalone “DevBot #1” recently took a giant leap forward in Morocco, making its street track debut at the Formula E Marrakech ePrix.

The battery-powered prototype is being tested for Roborace – a proposed racing series where driverless cars will compete on temporary street circuits.

“This is the first time we’ve used 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 who put in hours and hours of work. These guys were up until 1-2 in the morning developing technology that no one else in the world is able to do. at this speed and in these complicated environments.”

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Using a variety of sensors – including GPS, radar and ultrasonic – combined with sophisticated computer programs, the car learns to navigate a track at high speed avoiding all obstacles.

“What we’re doing is state-of-the-art right now,” says Cooke, who is also CMO of Kinetik – an investment firm founded by Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov that provides financial backing for the project. .

“There are two or three kinds of space races, if you will – some people go to Mars, we’re developing robotic cars and I think that’s probably one of the most, if not the most exciting spaces in the world in this moment. ”

After the successful 30-minute test in Marrakesh – this year’s host city of the United Nations climate change conference (COP22) – Cooke said the company would then try to race two cars together on the track in the eventual goal of having up to 10 cars competing each Formula E ePrix weekend.

“Being here at COP22 as we celebrate an electric future, a driverless future – it’s 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 change our lives, it’s going to transform our cities.”

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