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Roborace unveils self-driving race car prototype

DevBot is designed to demonstrate the technology of Roborace's autonomous racing vehicles, and allow teams to develop software for the platform.

The perils of the high-speed racing circuit may one day no longer apply to human drivers, at least if Roborace and electric car international racing series Formula E have anything to say about it.

Roborace has been working on a self-driving motorsport vehicle, announced in November of last year, and now it's unveiled the prototype.

Called the DevBot, it will be used to test and demonstrate the technology.

"The primary purpose of the DevBot is to allow teams to develop their software and experience the hardware that will be used on the 'Robocar'," Roborace wrote on YouTube.

"Unlike the Robocar the DevBot has a cabin that can be driven by a human or a computer allowing teams to fully understand how the car thinks and feels on a racetrack alongside the comprehensive real-time data. The DevBot is equipped with the same drivetrain, sensors, computation systems and communication technology as the Robocar designed by Daniel Simon which will be revealed later this year in 2016."

Rather than being integrated into Formula E itself, Roborace will exist as an opening event, with its self-driving racecars hitting the track ahead of the main event.