So you have a fantastic hypercar, drive it to your local supercar, maybe go on weekends with it, but you don’t really have the ability to get more performance out of it. Is a day on the track too intimidating, and some high performance driving lessons don’t seem like a busy schedule? Rimac offers an incredible way to allow customers to communicate with their cars. No, we are not talking about voice commands or digital assistants; we are talking about real feedback and encouragement. Launched by Rimac’s autonomous driving division, “Driver Coach” is essentially an artificial intelligence that analyzes tons of data to give you the best way to extract performance on the track. The best part? It can also drive for you.
The next C_Two from Rimac has breathtaking numbers – 1,887 horsepower and time under 2 seconds from 0 to 62 mph. There is a lot of power to get you into trouble in the wrong hands, but there is also a lot of potential to get the most out of your hypercar experience. Top Gear spoke with Sacha Vrazic, director of the Rimac autonomous driving team, of this interesting concept. “What we are building is a system in which AI plays a key role in teaching the driver how to perform on race tracks, at maximum vehicle performance,” says Sacha. “Not all of our customers are professional drivers, but we want them to really enjoy the car and have fun with it.”
The system uses a supercomputer to analyze and store six terabytes of data every hour, collected from nine on-board cameras, LIDAR, radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors. The algorithms take care of all the calculations to give drivers the most dynamic and personalized experience. Heck, he can even determine if the fear of the driver takes over at a braking point after a very long and fast straight line, and recommends a new approach by braking perhaps earlier to reduce this anxiety, or by being able to take the relay and show the diver how it is over. All while he talks to you while he learns the track and protects you by correcting driving errors when they occur on the fly.
In addition, the system is able to react to other vehicles and objects in real time, unlike autonomous GPS tracking cars which are programmed at specific points. “Of course we used professional pilots to help us understand the ideal lap, but the AI can also calculate a perfect lap,” says Sacha. “Then we put the tour of the professional pilot and what we consider our tour (the AI) on top of each other, and we see the difference. It’s a big part. “
All this will be standard on the Rimac C_Two when it is finally launched.