Участвовать в виртуальной гонке можно в реальной жизни, просто установив приложение и подключив смартфон к своему автомобилю.

Инициатива под названием FIA Smart Driving Challenge запущена Международной автомобильной федерацией ради поощрения безопасного, "умного" и более экологичного вождения. Базируется она по сути на технологиях мониторинга поведения водителя, которые применяются, к примеру, для некоторых моделей, продающихся в России и имеющих возможность подключения к смартфонам. Но в случае с FIA в глобальной программе задействованы мощный искусственный интеллект и настоящие спортивные звезды.

FIA Smart Driver Challenge

Сезон Smart Driving Challenge 2019 года уже в самом разгаре, но любой водитель может захватить его последние этапы, чтобы попрактиковаться и принять полноценное участие в контесте следующего года. Попробовать свои силы в "умном" вождении и получить несколько практических советов на тему "как сделать свой стиль езды безопаснее" предельно просто: необходимо зарегистрироваться на соответствующем сайте, установить на смартфон приложение и подключить гаджет к порту диагностики OBD – им снабжено подавляющее большинство современных машин.

FIA Smart Driver Challenge

Приложение отправляет данные о работе автомобиля в цифровую платформу Enerfy, которая и анализирует стиль вождения конкретного водителя в реальном времени с учетом окружающей обстановки. Утверждается, что обучали эту систему на основе миллиардов конкретных дорожных ситуаций и анализа миллиардов же километров реального пробега. Соответственно, электроника способна делать выводы о том, насколько поведение конкретного участника можно считать "умным", безопасным и экологичным и ранжирует участников в зависимости от своих выводов.

FIA Smart Driver Challenge
FIA Smart Driver Challenge

Участники Smart Driving Challenge со всего мира разделены на 20 команд, во главе которых стоят профессиональные гонщики (включая, к примеру, прославленного раллиста Себастьена Ожье). Контест состоит из 14 этапов и финала, в котором примут участие лишь 12 водителей, а победителя пригласят на ежегодную церемонию FIA, где чествуют самых успешных спортсменов прошедшего спортивного сезона.

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FIA SETS GLOBAL SMART DRIVING CHALLENGE

FIA Smart Driving Challenge uses AI to analyse driving and encourage safer and
more eco-friendly behaviour on the road

Paris, 18 November, 2019: The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has launched a global contest to encourage and reward smart driving.

The FIA Smart Driving Challenge (SDC), which is supported by FIA Member Clubs across the world, is open to all motorists and all types of cars (electric, hybrid or fuel), with the aim to reward the safest and most efficient drivers. Currently, 12 FIA Clubs have either joined the challenge or are conducting tests, with more looking to join in the future.

The aim of the FIA Smart Driving Challenge is to encourage drivers to handle their car in a safe, efficient and considered way by promoting the following smart tips:

  • Accelerate and brake efficiently in accordance with traffic and other conditions
  • Keep a safe distance from the car in front
  • Stay focused on your driving and pay attention to your surroundings
  • Adapt driving style and speed to conditions, such as traffic and bad weather

The first pilot season of the SDC started earlier this year. It is organised around 14 heats, each of them being a calendar week long, and gathers 20 teams led by famous professional drivers, such as six-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier and BMW works driver Martin Tomczyk. The challenge is run in conjunction with Swedish tech company Greater Than, which provides participants with an Onboard Diagnostics Reader (OBD) to plug into their car that will then connect to the FIA Smart Driving Challenge app activated on their phone and allow a digital platform, called Enerfy, to measure their ability to drive in a smart way.

Enerfy uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to evaluate driving patterns in real time during the competition. The AI platform compares these patterns to a database that has 650 billion unique driving situations, based on analyses of over 50 billion kilometres of driving, and can instantly identify when a participant has been driving safely, sustainably and smartly. The platform uses these comparisons to calculate a driving score to determine both the individual and team rankings of the challenge. With this method, drivers collect points with every drive over one kilometer during each of the 14 heats.

The top twelve drivers will compete at a final in Paris in December, with the winner invited to attend the exclusive FIA Prize Giving Ceremony, where the FIA celebrates its world champions.

FIA Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism Andrew McKellar said: “We believe that by encouraging and rewarding smart driving we can help road users adopt safer and more sustainable behaviour. I encourage more Clubs to join this Challenge and to see the potential benefits for their members.”

Global Race

FIA Clubs across the world are strongly supporting this new FIA initiative to reward the world’s smartest driver.

Smart driving is better for the motorist and the environment so we are fully supportive of this challenge.” Said Børre Skiaker, Secretary General, Royal Automobile Club of Norway. “This is a great initiative from the FIA and is part of its forward-thinking approach to tackling issues on our roads.” 

When joining the challenge, participants have to choose a team led by one of 20 racing stars from across the world. During the season, these team leaders give them tips and incitements to improve their smart driving skills.

Dakar Rally champion Jutta Kleinschmidt, who is one of the team leaders, said: “The FIA Smart Driving Challenge not only helps you drive more economically but is a great way to contribute towards environment preservation. It’s an exciting competition that teaches you as you drive, making you safer and smarter on the roads.”

Eye on the Prize

Although only in its first pilot season, the challenge has been joined by motorists worldwide.

French competitor Hiram Danimbe, who is currently leading the 2019 Challenge, explained how the competition has already changed his driving: “The FIA Smart Driving Challenge has really helped me to improve my driving style. I feel like I am safer on the roads now and much more efficient with how I drive. ”

Registration for the 2020 FIA Smart Driving challenge can be found here. Entrants registering for the 2020 season will gain access to the end of the 2019 season, where they can practice and refine their driving ahead of next year. Download for the app is available on both iOS and Android.