GTC Europe Live Website: What is Level 5 Autonomous Motorsport?
10:01AM EDT – One of the talks at GTC EU today is titled ‘What is Level 5 Autonomous Motorsport?’. Live blogging time!
10:01AM EDT – Bryn Balcome, part of Roborace on the stage
10:01AM EDT – Level 5 Autonomous Motorsport is coming
10:01AM EDT – >The speaker has a history in F1 and motorsport
10:02AM EDT – Going through some racing history
10:03AM EDT – Autonomous Motorsport was predicted years ago
10:03AM EDT – OEMs are very interested in power. A picture of a Bugatti Chiron on the screen
10:03AM EDT – Now we talk about cognitive power, not mechanical power
10:04AM EDT – Demonstrating cognitive intelligence in the crucible of motorsport
10:04AM EDT – ‘Motorsport will split between pure racing and technology’
10:04AM EDT – CEO on an info video
10:05AM EDT – ‘Creating an automotive motorsport to accelerate consumer delivery of this technology’
10:05AM EDT – Oh ok, the CEO is Lucas Di Grassi
10:05AM EDT – Robocar on a track at Paris during the Formula E weekend
10:06AM EDT – One year from concept to the car being designed
10:06AM EDT – Racing drivers have emotions and characters that take time to develop – AI can be trained to have these emotions
10:07AM EDT – ‘Incidents such as F1 big crashes shouldn’t happen’ – wait what?
10:07AM EDT – Formula 1 is becoming less relevant to road racing each season and going in a different direction
10:08AM EDT – Le Mans style racing is even more different
10:08AM EDT – F1 and Le Mans doesn’t develop ADAS systems to assist the drivers
10:08AM EDT – Arguably real road environments are more difficult than racing
10:09AM EDT – Racing is about car control, which can be developed through motorsport
10:10AM EDT – Audi and BMW have both showed racing around a track using autonomous systems, including drifting at ‘high’ speeds
10:10AM EDT – Optimal car control is not a solved problem, but will get there
10:10AM EDT – Now it’s about situational awareness
10:10AM EDT – How cars react to different scenarios
10:10AM EDT – Such as avoidance of new obstacles of an environment it already knows
10:11AM EDT – Racing is all about interacting with other drivers and implementing your own influence in an environment
10:12AM EDT – ‘Think about Pikes Peak with traffic, and imagine the challenge for an autonomous vehicle racing side by side through traffic’
10:12AM EDT – It is critical that your driver is intelligent, not just raw pace
10:13AM EDT – Bringing research to life so the public engages
10:14AM EDT – Street racing helps develop road relevant AI capabilities
10:15AM EDT – Develping AI to assist drivers – using AI between spotters and drivers in Nascar
10:15AM EDT – Already used in Rallying and side-car racing
10:16AM EDT – (Rallying and side-car use two drivers that collaborate – AI should be the same in other motorsport and on the road)
10:16AM EDT – e.g. the AI takes over in critical scenarios if the driver does not react to an obstacle
10:17AM EDT – Human drivers in autonomous simulators to help train the AI with suggested movements
10:18AM EDT – Q&A time
10:19AM EDT – Q: Timeline to develop autonomous motorsport
10:19AM EDT – A: We’ll see small step progression and competition formats evolving to set new targets and challenges. Evolve as the industry evolves
10:20AM EDT – Q: How many contenders does Roborace have?
10:21AM EDT – A: We only need two cars to compete. Over 150 companies have showed interest to be involved (although these are OEM). We’re focusing on PhD/Postdoc level competitiveness
10:21AM EDT – Q: Is the hardware fixed ?
10:22AM EDT – A: The hardware vehicle element is one, the intelligence platform is another, and a third is then AI drivers. This competition wants to focus on the AI drivers segment
10:25AM EDT – Q: How are you going to show the public that these AIs are more than ones or zeros, where real world drivers have emotions?
10:29AM EDT – A: It’s all about interpreting risk. When we watch a driver in the car, we interpret their actions and how they manage risk. AIs will be similar – the management of risk will lead to developing personalities that will play out on the track