Formula 1 is trialling artificial intelligence to address track limit violations

Formula 1 is trialling artificial intelligence to address track limit violations

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ABU DHABI (Reuters) – The International Automobile Federation (Formula 1) is testing artificial intelligence to deal with track limit violations at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend.

The Paris-based FIA said it will use “computer vision” technology, which uses shape analysis to determine how many pixels go beyond the edge of the track.

The AI ​​will sort out real violations, where drivers cross the white line at the edge of the track with all four wheels, reducing the workload on the FIA’s Remote Operations Center (ROC) and speeding up the response.

The Austrian Grand Prix on July 2 was a milestone for the sport with just four people having to deal with a torrent of potential infringements numbering around 1,200.

By the title-deciding weekend in Qatar in October, eight people had been appointed to assess track boundaries and monitor 820 corner passes, with 141 reports sent to race stewards who then deleted 51 laps.

However, some violations remained unpunished during last October’s US Grand Prix in Austin.

Stewards said this month that their inability to properly enforce track limit violations at Turn 6 was “wholly unsatisfactory” and a solution must be found before the start of next season.

Tim Mallion, head of telematics operations at the FIA ​​and deputy race director, said computer vision technology had been used effectively in medicine in areas such as scanning data from cancer screening.

“They don’t want to use computer vision to diagnose cancer, what they want to do is use it to eliminate the 80% of cases where there is clearly no cancer in order to give well-trained people more time to look.” By 20%,” he said.

“And that’s what we’re targeting.”

Mallion said the additional layer of computer vision will reduce the number of potential violations considered by the ROC, with fewer of those going to race control for further action.

“The biggest imperative is to expand the facility and continue investing in software, because that is how we will make great strides,” he said. “The bottom line for me is to be open to new technologies and continue to evolve.

“I’ve said time and time again that humans are winning right now in certain areas. That may be the case now but we feel that real-time automated policing systems are the way forward.”

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, Editing by Toby Davis

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