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Toyota put on a race to find the most-efficient drivers

Engadget

The Sonoma Raceway traditionally hosts Indy and Nascar events where cars sprint around the track at breathtaking speeds, burning thousands gallons of gas pulled from the remains of long-dead dinosaurs. The Toyota Prius Challenge is, in nearly every possible way, the exact opposite of that experience. Instead of speed, competitors are graded on efficiency. Toyota picked 20 teams to drive around the track in identical Prius' and tasked them with pulling as many miles per gallon as possible during a 40-minute, nine lap "race." But the streamlining squads needed more than just a light foot.


First Autonomous Test Vehicle Developed Entirely By Toyota Research Institute Displayed At Prius Challenge Event At Sonoma Raceway

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"This new advanced safety research vehicle is the first autonomous testing platform developed entirely by TRI, and reflects the rapid progress of our autonomous driving program," said TRI CEO Gill Pratt. The platform is the second generation of the advanced safety research vehicle revealed to the public by Toyota at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. "It will learn individual driver habits and abilities and will benefit from shared intelligence from other cars as data gathering, sharing and connectivity technologies advance.-- We believe Guardian can probably be deployed sooner and more widely than Chauffeur, providing high-level driver-assist features capable of helping mitigate collisions and save lives, sooner rather than later." Taking place on March 3, the Prius Challenge brings together a select group of entrepreneurs, technologists and Silicon Valley automotive enthusiasts to engage with the Toyota Research Institute while having some fun at the Sonoma Raceway.-- The goal: to increase dialogue and build a community around the topics of mobility, data science, artificial intelligence and robotics.


Toyota brings Prius Challenge to Sonoma Raceway

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Toyota Research Institute (TRI), with an office in Palo Alto, is bringing the Prius Challenge to Sonoma Raceway for a competitive event designed to engage the startup and tech community. The event will be held March 3, 2017, and will include a team competition where participants strive to optimize their driving using strategies via an app created specifically for the event. The Prius Challenge originated at Toyota's headquarters in Japan, where participants battle it out to see who can achieve the best fuel economy and efficiency rating on a Prius within a target time range. While Toyota employees and dealers have been able to participate in the challenge, this is the first time that members of the public will have the chance to compete. "TRI is excited to host the Prius Challenge and introduce a competition that will allow participants to use machine learning and sophisticated data analysis tools to test out their theories in the real world," said Gill Pratt, CEO at Toyota Research Institute, Inc. "Silicon Valley and the Bay Area are a hotbed for automotive talent and innovation, and this event is the perfect opportunity for TRI to engage with the tech community and have some fun in the process."


Two bodies found in Orange County home of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon

Los Angeles Times

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This is the Microsoft tech that's fueling NASCAR

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In addition to ensuring an even playing field, the Mobile Inspection app helps NASCAR officials verify decal and paint scheme information, cutting 10 hours from each race weekend. Microsoft's apps integrate with NASCAR's other data gathering technologies, like pit lane cameras. In addition to the Mobile Inspection app, Microsoft worked with NASCAR to develop the Race Management application, which brings live data across six different screens into a single app. By digitizing the video feeds we're able to analyze calls and send data to the pit box in real-time.The Race Management app allows us to make calls more quickly and confidently."


DraftKings NASCAR Pocono 1 Picks and Projections

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NASCAR heads to Pocono Raceway, a 2.5-mile flat, triangle-shaped oval. Below I give you picks and machine learning model projections to help you set your DraftKings NASCAR Pocono lineups. Pocono is a unique track where current form matters much more than track history. The race is only set for 160 laps, so dominators are less important than normal. Instead, we'll want to target place differential, even in GPPs, as well as high finishing position.


DraftKings NASCAR Dover Picks and Projections

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This weekend's race is as Dover International Speedway, a 1-mile concrete oval with steep banking in the corners. I'll give you picks and projections to help you set your DraftKings NASCAR Dover lineups. The race is scheduled for 400 laps, so finding the dominators is of utmost importance when setting your lineups this week. For more on strategy, listen to this week's NASCAR episode of On the Daily DFS and check out my Dover preview article. I'll continue my logistic regression model to predict the probability that a driver ends up with a top six and a top 10 score for this weekend's DraftKings NASCAR Dover slate.


DraftKings NASCAR Kansas Picks and Projections

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This weekend's race is as Kansas Speedway, a 1.5-mile tri-oval with variable banking in the corners. The race is a Saturday night race, so be sure to set your DraftKings NASCAR Kansas lineups on Saturday, not Sunday! With 267 laps scheduled, dominators are important, but perhaps not as important as other races. At Las Vegas earlier this year four drivers led at least 10 percent of the laps, with one other missing the cutoff by three laps led. At the Kansas night race last year, four drivers led 10 percent or more, and that doesn't include race winner Jimmie Johnson who only led a small handful of laps, but took home the all important race win.


DraftKings NASCAR Talladega Picks and Projections

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Because of the nature of Talladega, it's very hard to give accurate picks and projections (the best statistical models can only give a prediction accuracy in the 0.15 R-squared range for finishing position), so I'm introducing a new feature that uses logistic regression to model the probability that a driver ends up with a top six and a top 10 score for this weekend's DraftKings NASCAR Talladega slate. Be sure to read all the way to the end of this article, as On the Daily DFS is running a FREE DraftKings contest to win some swag from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Landon Cassill (@landoncassill). Now let's get to my cash and GPP picks, along with my fades and machine learning model projections and my new logistic regression projections for this weekend's DraftKings NASCAR Talladega contests. On the Daily DFS co-hosts Nick and Matt will be hosting a FREE DraftKings contest during the All-Star Race DraftKings slate on Saturday, May 21st, where they will be giving away some swag from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, and podcast guest, Landon Cassill (@landoncassill) to the top finishers in the contest.


Forget NASCAR, professional drone racing takes flight and it's incredible to watch

Mashable

The Drone Racing League is a professional drone racing circuit with a series of global events culminating in a world championship game. What's it like to fly a drone competitively? With drones going 80 mph, it's pretty fast. The competition is also pretty fierce.