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NASCAR playoffs: Hamlin holds off Larson's wall-banging 'video game' move to win Southern 500

FOX News

More than 195 drivers have won a Cup Series race since NASCAR started in 1948, but who has won the most? Kyle Larson put it all on the line … and the wall. Denny Hamlin does a burnout after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/John Amis) (AP) The Hendrick Motorsports driver made a last-ditch effort to pass Denny Hamlin in the final turns of the Southern 500 that looked like something out of a video game race. Larson led the most laps during the race, but was behind Hamlin near the end and unable to get by, so he went full throttle and ran his car against the wall in turns three and four as they approached the checkered flag attempting to pass him on the outside with smoke coming off the car. "I gave it everything I had, I didn't want to wreck him, I just wanted to, you know, get to his outside there," Larson said.


200 MPH Autonomous Cars Will Make History in World's First High-Speed Robo-Race

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Back in 2004, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge paved the way for autonomous vehicle development. Now, some of the innovators who have competed in that challenge are taking things further as advisors for the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC). Organized by Energy Systems Network and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IAC is addressed to university teams from all over the world, who will compete for the $1 million grand prize. Hundreds of students from over 40 schools entered the first stage of the challenge. As of this month, the 10 final teams have been established, with more than 200 students from 19 universities.


These cars go 180 miles per hour -- and will race without drivers

Mashable

When the Indy Autonomous Challenge takes off later this year, all the race cars will look the same -- and no one will be behind the wheel. The IAC is a university-led self-driving car race taking place Oct. 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with $1.3 million in prizes on offer. The first three teams to cross the finish line in 25 minutes or less after 20 laps (that's about 50 miles) will win what's believed to be the first head-to-head autonomous race. To make sure the race is about building out the software for autonomous driving at high speeds (the average speed will be about 120mph), each team has the exact same modified Dallara AV-21, a typical race car usually with a human driver. Clemson University students helped develop the base car for the race.


The esports vision of Lando Norris and McLaren Racing

Washington Post - Technology News

I like keeping to myself a lot of the time. So when I have, whatever it is, 50,000, 60,000, 100,000 people in and there's like a lot of people talking, sometimes, I just don't know what to say. I'm not very good, and I'm just thinking of what to say in that scenario. I've just been playing a driving game. You know, I play a different variety of games.


Fujitsu Transforms Nuerburgring Racetrack Safety with Artificial Intelligence

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News facts: - Fujitsu has started developing and deploying a system that links Artificial Intelligence track cameras to increase safety at the Nuerburgring - The initial rollout is for 2.8km of the legendary Nordschleife track section - where previously only radio contact with the marshals ensured safety. If the AI detects a potential issue, relevant triggers are sent to RaceControl - and oncoming traffic is notified via trackside displays MUNICH, July 14, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - In the future, the Nuerburgring circuit could benefit from advanced artificial intelligence-supported safety features thanks to Fujitsu. A complex deployment of HD cameras, real-time AI analysis and instant alert systems mean that both RaceControl and drivers can be immediately notified of incidents on this challenging racetrack section - nicknamed the - green hell by Formula One driver Sir Jackie Stewart. The iconic Nordschleife (North Loop) is the most famous of the Nuerburgring's two racetracks. The 20.8-kilometer track features a total of 73 turns, including blind corners, drops and significant elevation changes - and is consequently considered by many to be one of the most challenging in the world.


Flying Race Car Zips Across the Sky for the First Time

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The world's first flying race car has completed its maiden flight -- bringing a futuristic new sport one step closer to fruition. The idea: The flying race car is called the Alauda Airspeeder Mk3, and technically, it's an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle. That means it lifts off and lands vertically like a helicopter, but is powered by electricity and not fossil fuels. In February, the two companies behind the Mk3 -- eVTOL manufacturer Alauda Aerodynamics and flying race car series Airspeeder -- announced plans to feature the vehicle in an upcoming international series called Airspeeder EXA. At the time of the announcement, the Mk3 was still under development, but a full-scale, race-ready version of the vehicle has now taken its maiden flight -- and a video of the voyage offers a glimpse into the future of racing.


Williams F1 drives digital transformation in racing with AI, quantum

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"The thing that really attracted me to Formula 1 is that it's always been about data and technology," says Graeme Hackland, Williams Group IT director and chief information officer of Williams Racing. Since joining the motorsport racing team in 2014, Hackland has been putting that theory into practice. He is pursuing what he refers to as a data-led digital transformation agenda that helps the organization's designers and engineers create a potential competitive advantage for the team's drivers on race day. Hackland explains to VentureBeat how Williams F1 is looking to exploit data to make further advances up the grid and how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing, might help in that process. This interview has been edited for clarity.


Airspeeder completes the first test flight for its electric flying race car

Engadget

Electric air racing just took a significant step forward. The Verge reports that Airspeeder recently completed the first test flight for its electric flying race car, the Alauda Aeronautics Mk3. A remote pilot flew an uncrewed version of the eVTOL aircraft over southern Australia with the country's Civil Aviation Safety Authority watching over the test. The machine can reach altitudes up to 1,640 feet and hit 62MPH in 2.8 seconds. Remote pilots fly in a cockpit-like environment through virtual courses, with LiDAR and radar helping to prevent collisions.


Ferrari Races To Cloud With AWS Pick

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Amazon Web Services' machine learning, analytics and compute capabilities will now power advancements at Ferrari's road cars department and Formula One team, among other divisions of the luxury carmaker. The two companies announced an agreement for AWS to serve as Ferrari's official cloud, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) provider, according to AWS parent company Amazon. Ferrari will use AWS tools for designing and testing cars and adding a fan engagement platform to its mobile app. Users will have virtual access to the Scuderia Ferrari garage and augmented relation (AR) experiences, including interaction with drivers. AWS' logo will also appear on Formula 1 team Scuderia Ferrari's car and drivers apparel at the French Grand Prix this weekend and after the event, according to the statement.


World's first flying race car takes flight for the first time ahead of race debut later this year

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The first flight took place at a secret test location in the South Australian desert, while three remotely-piloted Grands Prix are planned across the world this year in Airspeeder's electric racing series.