Detecting and Displaying Collision Risks in Motorsport

Driver assistance systems for the improvement of active safety (reduction of accident) experience a steadily growing integration and distribution in passenger cars for public roads. In motorsport however, these systems are rarely used. The focus of the last years here was to improve passive safety (reduction of accident consequences) for example by rule-required provisions for passenger compartment cages or carbon fiber monocoques, the Head-and-Neck-Support-System (short HANS), and the 6-point harness.

Despite these measures, the number of fatal accidents in motorsport is many times higher than the overall average in all types of sports so the introduction of assistance systems that address active safety must be considered.

Hereby it is not possible to adopt assistance systems from passenger cars without adaption due to the boundary conditions in motorsport. On the one hand, the assistance systems must not distort the competition, meaning that the required driver skills must not be reduced. On the other hand, situations occur during competitions – for instance cars driving closely behind each other to make use of the so-called slipstream – that would require system interventions in public traffic but not during a race.

Corresponding Research Project KOLLERAM