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How AMS Works

The AMS System was developed from a vision of automating manual warning and marshalling systems during race events. Our systems and hardware use artificial intelligence and unique algorithms to automate warnings and safety features to benefit circuits, race organisers, race control, marshals, drivers, teams and spectators. Our systems update within a split second on a range of interfaces with various different user permissions.

AMS units installed in each competition vehicle, update Race Control with live tracking information about safety and timing information using a radio link. Vehicles approaching a problem vehicle, or sector on the circuit, receive in-car flagging (optional) with incident proximity indication.

  • Race Control has the capability to separately flag individual vehicles or all vehicles currently on the circuit.
  • The Race Control interface divides a circuit into multiple configurable ‘zones’ (e.g. pit lane, runoff area, pit paddock).

Zones have parameters, such as the speed thresholds, before a vehicle is determined to be a hazard; this changes the behaviour of all units in that zone.

Zones are easily created and modified dynamically in Race Cont

AMS Hardware

The AMS System has been developed to be integrated within a number of display options for use across different sports and vehicles. It can be integrated within existing motorsport display options or as a stand alone display unit.

The AMS System unit transmits radio messages to race control and other competition and support vehicles, allowing safety information to be processed in real-time. As well as reporting to race control , the AMS System unit creates internal logs of second-by-second data including, time, location, speed, bearing, g-forces, safety status, communication logs and more.

These logs are recoverable via USB for accident analysis, penalty judgement and investigative purposes

AMS Software

RACE CONTROL AND HARDWARE INTERFACE

The AMS System Race Control Interface provides a clear layout of the race circuit, car status, current movement, automatic hazard and SOS notifications, stage times, plus much more.

The AMS System Race Control Interface makes managing a race an easier task with plenty of visual aids to help officials. The interface can be viewed on an ‘appliance PC’ meaning that installation is as simple as ‘plug-and-play’.

The operation of the interface is easy to use and navigate for all users.

AMS Insight Sensor

The AMS System Helmet Sensor integrates with the system as well as a mobile app which offers a range of different user permissions.

The app can be used by marshals and race control as well as drivers and teams to view updates and various levels of helmet sensor information dependant on the permission levels granted.

AMS Flagging

Flags can be generated by artificial intelligence or race control, race control can then alter or cancel flag conditions. Flag conditions, updates and cancellation of flags are instantly displayed via AMS’s  in-vehicle hardware to notify drivers. Race control displays are used to verify flags and where they are applicable.

The AMS system features an automated flagging system to assist race marshals, the key features of this are:

  • All flags are instantly displayed on display hardware installed within vehicles.
  • Flags are either generated automatically via AI decisions or manually via race control.
  • Flags can be cancelled by being overridden by race control at any point during a race.
  • Race control displays are used to confirm when required flags have been transmitted and display which competitors they are
  • applicable to.
  • Confirmation of flag compliance and non-compliance is displayed to race control.
  • Any flag infringements are logged by the system for post-race analysis.

Displays Showing Flagging

Automated Flagging

Flags can be generated by artificial intelligence or race control, race control can then alter or cancel flag conditions. Flag conditions, updates and cancellation of flags are instantly displayed via Safe2Race’s in-vehicle hardware to notify drivers. Race control displays are used to verify flags and where they are applicable.

The AMS system features an automated flagging system to assist race marshals, the key features of this are:

  • All flags are instantly displayed on display hardware installed within vehicles.
  • Flags are either generated automatically via AI decisions or manually via race control.
  • Flags can be cancelled by being overridden by race control at any point during a race.
  • Race control displays are used to confirm when required flags have been transmitted and display which competitors they are
  • applicable to.
  • Confirmation of flag compliance and non-compliance is displayed to race control.
  • Any flag infringements are logged by the system for post-race analysis.

Real Time Status Awareness

Our vehicle tracking technology allows race control to view the location of any competitor or service vehicle with hardware safe2Race hardware installed. In addition to this, our advanced algorithms can determine when tracked vehicles are involved in an impact, change in direction or have a sudden drop in speed, alerting race control with details of the vehicle and the incident type along with the location timing of the incident.

The system’s real-time status awareness allows the tracking and timing status of all competitor and service vehicles at a circuit during an event:

  • Vehicle tracking allows race control to view the location of any competitor or service vehicle at a circuit.
  • Pre-defined Geofences can be set using the systems software to identify areas of the circuit based on their potential for danger; this is done using a hot to cold scale.
  • Timing functionality allows all vehicle timing and tracking information to be held in one central system, allowing timing information to be communicated to teams and spectators, in addition to race control through various interfaces.
  • Advanced algorithms determine when a vehicle has been involved in an impact, where the impact took place and the timing of the impact.
  • Algorithms have the ability to report the type of impact, including the direction of impact and whether the impact is vehicle to vehicle.
  • Any change in a vehicles speed or direction of travel that is seen as abnormal by the algorithms will flag an alert to race control and competitors.

Automated Penalty Systems

The AMS system uses tracking and timing to deliver automated penalty and limit enforcement technology, this offers an impartiality not currently seen in racing. Our automated penalty systems enforce a range of scenarios including: pit lane speed limit; time penalty serving; minimum pit stop times; drive through penalties, plus much more.

The system allows for automated penalty and limit enforcement in a range of ways including:

  • Pit lane speed limit

Pit lane entry and exit lines are defined on a circuit map in race control; the speed of each vehicle is monitored and logged whilst inside the pitlane boundaries. Race control are instantly alerted of any infringement.

  • Time penalty serving

Virtual penalty boxes can be created by Geofencing any area within the circuit boundary. In the instance race control apply a penalty, a 10 second stop/go time penalty, for example: a marker is added to the vehicle by the system until the penalty has been completed within the defined number of laps and for the amount of time given for the penalty. The warning will stay active if both conditions are not met.

  • Minimum pit stop times

Once race control has opened the pitlane window in our software, any vehicle not staying within the pitlane boundaries during this window for the defined amount of time for the minimum pitstop will have a marker added to it, along with a log of its pitstop time infringement.

  • Drive through penalties

A drive through penalty can be applied to a vehicle by race control. The system will monitor and report completion or none completion of the drive through. Along with ensuring it is served under the maximum pit lane speed.

Post Incident Analysis

Highly accurate race data is logged for use post-race, this allows the corroboration and analysis of data relating to accidents, incidents or breaches. By removing personal interpretation of data transparent rulings can be delivered in addition to giving insight into the evaluation and rebuilding of incidents and assisting probable causes.

  • All data is saved on our cloud server allowing for thorough accident or incident investigation, allowing for reports and corroboration of any incident or breach.
  • Highly accurate race data is logged and can be reviewed and exported post-race for evaluation and analysis.
  • Post-incident data allows insight for organisers and circuits for the evaluation of incidents, rebuilding an incident, assessing possible causes and educating in incident prevention.
  • Reduced instances of administrative time post-race.
  • Removal of personal interpretation of incidents and breaches; allowing for transparent rulings based on definitive factual data.

Communication directly between every vehicle and Officials

AMS allows communication directly between every vehicle to give officials instant real-time information. The system has been designed to automate warnings to the competitor (and anyone else who has the system fitted) relating to any incident.

Example Scenerio

  1.  A competitor stops or has an impact whilst within the pre-defined ‘hot-zone’.
  2. AMS’s algorithms will detect this and automatically show on the dash display a Yellow Flag to any competitors within a pre-defined time or distance behind the stricken vehicle.
  3. Once a competitor has passed the slowed vehicle, a Green Flag will automatically be displayed on the dash, providing there are no other obstructions in range within the ‘hot-zone’.

The system has been designed to be automated, but it should be recognised that this is an addition to existing safety personnel; is an advisory system rather than a control system. Warnings and alerts can be overridden by Race Control as required.

AMS System Key Functionality

An overview of the key functionality of the AMS system for circuit, championships and driver use:

  • Real time vehicle status awareness, tracking and timing vehicles for superior circuit and competition safety and compliance.
  • Superior safety technology integrates vehicle to Race Control communications with instant notifications and automatic features.
  • Instantly gives circuit and championship officials the information they need, whilst providing competitors and spectators real time race information – available on web and mobile interfaces.
  • An electronic system with integrated AI designed to pair medical and impact data, offering currently unrivalled safety to competitors in motorsport.
  • Automated marshal flagging system benefits race marshals, race control and competitors.
  • Instant in car notifications for drivers to notify of any change in race conditions, notification reaction within 1/10th second.
  • Integrated systems for race control, team and spectator race timing information with a range of interface permissions.
  • In-built penalty automation systems and post incident analysis.
  • Tiers of access and custom permissions.
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