Autotalks and Griiip demonstrate motorsport V2V application on racetrack
Autotalks, manufacturer of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication chipsets, and the Israeli startup Griiip, developer of a next-generation single-seater race car, demonstrated what the companies are calling the world's first motorsport vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) application on a racetrack. As part of the demonstration, which took place on March 15 in a new motorsport park in Be'er Sheva, Israel, Griiip equipped all its G1 racecars on the track with Autotalks' V2X solution, based on the CRATON2 chipset. According to the companies, the newly demonstrated motorsport V2V solution is set to eliminate a significant number of racecar accidents and casualties in professional and amateur racing.
The Autotalks and Griiip motorsport V2V solution is designed to understand when a racecar seriously endangers the safety of other drivers—for example, when a driver loses control of the car and stops in a dangerous place on the track or when a car slows down unexpectedly. In such scenarios, an alert is immediately sent to all the drivers approaching the danger in order to prevent a crash. The alert is flashing yellow lights and a buzzer sound, which increases in intensity as the car gets closer to the danger area. By providing an instant, clear warning, rather than waiting for the yellow flag, horrific on-track accidents can be avoided, which often become chain accidents due to the high speeds involved.
"The fact that Autotalks and Griiip have been the first to successfully demonstrate a motorsport V2V solution on a racetrack is not a coincidence," said Hagai Zyss, CEO of Autotalks. "The demonstration is not only a testament to our commitment to saving lives through effective V2V technology, it also shows that our technology is robust enough to meet the extremely demanding and high-speed environment of racing, where accidents are so frequent. We intend to keep demonstrating life-saving V2V implementations in as many environments as possible."
“Griiip acts as a development platform and gateway for new technologies into the world of motorsport, aiming to improve its every aspect, while keeping safety in top priority," said Tamir Plachinsky, CEO of Griiip. "Using Autotalks' technology, we are able to provide the G1 drivers with immediate and accurate warnings, keeping them safer on the track.”
Autotalks’ technology, to be mass-deployed by 2019, complements the information coming from other sensors, specifically in non-line-of-sight scenarios, rough weather, or poor lighting conditions. It reportedly significantly improves overall road safety, effectively coordinating vehicles, self-driving cars, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. The chipsets exceed all requirements mandated by the U.S. DOT’s V2V Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.