RCCO AI Challenge for autonomous driving Slotcar

Since 199, the highlight of the season of the "big small" racing series is a 24-houre race. The Challenge, launched in November 2018, aims to pit an autonomous slot car against its human competitors in the 24-hour race at the Autostadt in 2019.

 

With the RCCO AI Challenge we are addressing the automotive industry as well as technology-driven companies such as our long-standing partner Schaeffler, universities, plus experts and experimenters from other areas of Artificial Intelligence. Obviously, ghost cars for the Carrera track already exist, but our project is on a totally different level. At this time, none of us knows who will be stronger: humans or the machines.

 

To enable the fielding of an autonomous slot car, RCCO is developing a new type of chassis that is constructed like a real-world electric vehicle and produced by partly using new production techniques such as carbon fiber 3D printing. The new electric racing cars will celebrate their world debut at the 24-hour race in 2019.

Our future mobility will ...

>> ... be driven by new types of powertrains with new open-end fuels and electrification

>> ... but also by the possibilities of modern communication technology ("connected car"), new sensors and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

 

Self-driving vehicles are under development and will be available soon.

 

RCCO wants to promote the possibility of this new technology by putting man versus machine also in slot car racing. That's why we created the RCCO AI Challenge.

The Challenge

>> Can an autonomous driving robo slot car defeat cars controlled by humans in a 24-hour race on a digital slot car track? We are seeking the answer!

>> The RCCO AI Challenge will be launched with the start of the 2018 RCCO 24-hour race at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg in November 2018

>> Car manufacturers, automotive suppliers and universities can accept the challenge as well as private AI experts

>> The self-driving robo slot car will be based on a new #VisionRCCO slot car chassis (Slot Car 3.0) which will race for the first time in the RCCO 24-hour race in November 2019

>> Applications for slot on the starting grid will be accepted with the start of the 2018 24-hour race

The Time Line

>> November 5, 2018: Public Launch of the RCCO AI Challenge with a joint press release by RCCO and Autostadt

>> November 17, 2018, 12 AM CEST: Applications can be filed by E-mail to vision@rcco.de

>> November 17/18: First glimpse of the Slot Car 3.0 concept at the RCCO 24h-hour race in Wolfsburg

>> February 2019: Selection of the entrant who will be granted a slot on the grid in November 2019 by important personalities from the automotive industry

>> June 2019: Delivery of prototype chassis to the entrant

>> August 2019: Delivery of "real" chassis and spare parts to the entrant

>> September 2019: Presentation of the project at the IAA in Frankfurt

>> November 2019: First 24-hour race with RCCO AI Challenge and robo slot car

Basic Rules

>> 6 standard slot cars with 4-5 drivers each competing with one robo slot car

>> Same spec chassis, engine, transmission, wheels, tires and energy for robo slot car

>> Spec #VisionRCCO bodywork to be supplied by RCCO representing one existing brand or a new brand

>> Unlimited sensors, electronics, cameras and bi-directional radio transmission for robo race car

>> max. 4 team members for robo race car team allowed on site including one helper to put car back on track after incidents

>> Stopping and (re)starting of robo car (eg. in case or race interruptions, technical controls, pit stops) allowed by radio signals from robo team

>> Software of robo race car may be adjusted/optimized during the race by robo team

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