The vehicle is equipped with advanced technology that its creators confidently anticipate will revolutionize our urban areas and impact our lifestyles.
The self-driving vehicle, known as “DevBot #1”, made significant progress in Morocco by participating in its first street track race at the Formula E Marrakech ePrix.
A prototype that runs on batteries is currently undergoing testing for Roborace, a proposed competition that would involve driverless cars racing on temporary city courses.
Justin Cooke of Roborace told CNN that it was the first instance of running the Devbot in driverless mode on a Formula E track located on a city street.
“The team who dedicated countless hours to this project must be thrilled. They worked until the early hours of the morning to develop a technology that is unmatched in its speed and ability to function in complex environments.”
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By utilizing a range of sensors such as GPS, radar, and ultrasonics, and incorporating advanced computer algorithms, the vehicle is able to learn and maneuver through a racetrack while avoiding any potential obstacles.
“What we are doing is at the forefront of technology right now,” says Cooke, who is also CMO of Kinetik – an investment company founded by Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov which is providing financial backing for the project.
There are two to three types of competitions in space, so to speak. Some individuals are aiming for Mars, while others are working on creating self-driving vehicles. This is perhaps one of the most thrilling areas in the world at the moment.
Following a successful 30-minute test in Marrakech, the host city for this year’s United Nations climate change conference (COP22), Cooke announced that the company’s next goal is to have two cars racing together on track. The ultimate aim is to have up to 10 cars competing at every Formula E ePrix weekend.
The robot race cars are ready to go!
Cooke expresses excitement about being present at COP22, where they are celebrating a future of electric and driverless technology, making it the ideal moment for Roborace.
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“We hope to generate enthusiasm for this technology as it has the potential to greatly impact our lives and revolutionize our cities.”