Motorsports


Robots, Start Your Engines!

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A sensor's range--a limiting factor for autonomous driving--"has a very different meaning when you're traveling at higher speed, because the same…distance gives you much less time to react," says Chris Gerdes, a Stanford University professor of mechanical engineering whose lab studies racing to improve autonomous driving. And although the control algorithms that execute the vehicle's plans operate quickly, the algorithms interpreting camera and sensor data take much longer--which means the car has moved nearly the length of a bus by the time it makes sense of what it saw. It is also plausible that seeing high-performing autonomous racers will make consumers more confident in autonomous driving tech--although a lack of crashes in robot races might disappoint a few race fans. Devbots have performed high-speed demonstrations at several Formula E "ePrix" races, which feature Formula 1–like electric cars powered entirely by batteries.


Roborace showed off its electric, self-driving race car in the middle of Times Square

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While the Roborace cars aren't ready for that just yet, the company will be showing off its autonomous systems in two on track demos this weekend using the company's prototype DevBot cars. "The race format pushes the boundaries of [various] technologies, which allows Roborace to be the [development] and marketing platform for real things that will eventually be adopted in road cars," Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov told Mashable. Instead of focusing on a self-driving system that will work on public roads, Roborace has created a fine-tuned racing machine specifically for the track. "The race format pushes the boundaries of [various] technologies, which allows Roborace to be the [development] and marketing platform for real things that will eventually be adopted in road cars," he told Mashable.


Intel, Nvidia Face Chipmaking Threat From Google

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Chipmakers such as Nvidia Corporation (NVDA), Intel Corporation (INTC), Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) and ARM Holdings could face significant headwinds as their general-purpose processors lose market share to hardware designed for specific tasks, according to Barron's. Thus far, these chips have outperformed similar ones produced by Nvidia and Intel when used for specific tasks such as machine learning. The TPU is more specialized than general-purpose chips, making it better-designed to complete specific tasks, according to Barron's. Not everyone is convinced of Patterson's point of view, as some think that designing processors for specific tasks will confine them to niche functions, according to Barron's.


Watch a self-driving race car nail its first full-speed lap at 124 mph

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The video gives us look at how the autonomous system works from inside the cockpit, hitting a high speed of around 124 mph with no driver needed. The prototype Devbot car completed laps at multiple speed tiers, maxing out at 200 km/h, roughly 124 mph. That's just slightly slower than a standard Formula E car's top speed of about 225 kph (140 mph), and the autonomous system handled the course at a level that was just eight percent off the mark set by a competitive human driver, but it's important to note that the Devbot was running on an empty track. This is just the latest step in Roborace's development as it attempts to create the world's first autonomous racing series.


Simulators, e-gamers and robot-cars: the bold new horizons of motor sport Giles Richards

The Guardian

Several weeks ago McLaren announced their World's Fastest Gamer programme – an annual competition in which video gamers will compete to win a job as a simulator driver for the team. Equally this weekend the greatest sports car race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours, will also host the final of the third season of the Xbox-based Forza racing championship. "In professional motor sport today there is a lot of emphasis on simulator work and I can absolutely see that in the future more and more professional drivers will emerge from gaming" Mardenborough says. Like Mardenborough another British racer, Graham Carroll, moved into driving sims when the money ran out to pursue his career on the track.


AI revolution: improving the entire employment cycle

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At the same time, employers and employees alike will need to look at reskilling their organisations and themselves as millions of job roles become defunct in the AI revolution, agreed both Andy Campbell (Oracle's EMEA strategy director) and Alex Charraudeau (sales manager for LinkedIn). Even specialist professional expertise such as legal advice is already being provided via chatbots, Campbell said, citing the example of an online service that has a 60% success rate in winning its cases. Sponsored and organised by professional services and technical recruiter Rullion and held at LinkedIn's headquarters, the AI event featured a panel consisting of Campbell, Charraudeau, technology entrepreneur Yi Xu, David D'Souza, CIPD head of engagement and London, and Paula Barrett, partner at law firm Eversheds Sutherland. Referring to the changes AI is bringing and will bring to the workplace, D'Souza said: "The issues we're facing are definitely societal… We need to think about whether we'should' do it instead of'could' we do it."


World's first DRIVERLESS race car Roborace hits the track

Daily Mail

These include five lidars, two radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, two optical speed sensors, six AI cameras, GNSS positioning and a powerful Nvidia Drive PX2 'brain' processor, capable of 24 trillion AI operations per second. Roborace first revealed the stunning 4.8-metre-long (15.7 ft), two-metre-wide (6.5 ft) vehicle at March's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The futuristic vehicle completed a lap of the Paris ePrix circuit (pictured) ahead of the city's 2017 Formula E race, which took place on Saturday Saturday's public demonstration saw the car whip around 14 turns of the almost 2 kilometre (1.2 mile) track driven entirely by AI and sensors Mr Sverdlov said: 'This is a huge moment for Roborace as we share the Robocar with the world and take another big step in advancing driverless electric technology. Technologies guiding the vehicle include five lidars, two radars, 18 ultrasonic sensors, two optical speed sensors, six AI cameras, GNSS positioning and a powerful Nvidia Drive PX2 'brain' processor, capable of 24 trillion AI operations per second Mr Simon said: 'Roborace opens a new dimension where motorsport as we know it meets the unstoppable rise of artificial intelligence.


Net guns will protect Grand Prix from ISIS terrorists

Daily Mail

Formula 1 bosses have brought in the latest anti-drone technology to protect Lewis Hamilton and other drivers from Islamic State terrorists at this year's British Grand Prix. Race officials fear that jihadis could use drones carrying explosives to attack drivers and spectators at the Silverstone racetrack. So to counter the threat, security guards with electronic jammers and net guns will be on patrol before and during the race, which will be attended by tens of thousands of fans on Sunday, July 16. As a last resort, guards will have carbon dioxide-powered net guns, which can fire a net measuring 30 square feet into the air to catch and down a drone.


Electric driverless car with a speed of 320Kph

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Roborace, the motorsport championship series of the future, has finally lifted the veil off of its electric driverless racing car – Robocar. With this model, the series is one step closer to its goal of holding the first global championship for driverless cars, on the same tracks as the FIA Formula E Championship. The car weighs 975 Kgs, is five meters in length and two meters in width. Each wheel in the Robocar is equipped with a 300kW motor, making it a total of four such motors, which can take the car to speeds of up to 320 kilometers per hour.


Toyota Research Institute Delivers Silicon Valley Community a Hands-On Experience of Future Mobility

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A broad cross-section of the Silicon Valley community participated in Toyota Onramp 2017, an annual event hosted by Toyota Research Institute (TRI). Four teams were recognized for their efforts and presented with awards in the following categories -- highest overall MPG, best use of machine learning, highest single lap MPG and best race strategy. The roundtable featured Chairman Uchiyamada, Dr. Gill Pratt, Dr. James Kuffner, CTO; Dr. Ryan Eustice, Vice President of Autonomous Driving; Mr. Chris Ballinger, CFO and Director of Mobility Services. About Toyota Research Institute Toyota Research Institute is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor North America under the direction of Dr. Gill Pratt.