Driverless car racing: A new era that Cisco begins in the automotive world

Cisco, the leader in networking and digital transformation, revealed the use of its smart network technologies to remotely control a full-size electric race car and drive it on a track at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour for the first time.


The test was conducted on September 2, 2021, at the Red Bull Circuit in Spielberg, Austria, in cooperation with the German Touring Car Championship, Schilver Technology Group, and Riedel Networks. The German Touring Car Championship's electric prototype was driven on the 4,326-meter circuit without a driver behind the wheel, with DTM champion Tim Henman controlling the race car remotely through a state-of-the-art simulator, in the city of Graz is 82 km away.


Commenting on this issue, Reem Asaad, Vice President, Middle East, and Africa, Cisco, said, The huge success of the DTS electric prototype test-driving was a pleasant surprise to everyone at the Red Bull Circuit. The speed and reliability of Cisco's network technologies played a key role in the success of the experiment, as they allowed the transmission of video signals, communications, and remote vehicle control commands at nearly the speed of light and with the highest possible reliability. Cisco is pleased to participate in this event, which highlights the readiness of technology to transform the dream of electric, autonomous and remote-controlled cars into a reality.


The electric prototype has a high degree of complexity, having been designed by expert championship technicians in collaboration with Schaeffler Technology Group, which led the project. Cisco provided the necessary technologies, while Riedel Networks supervised the design and construction of the communication network.


Notably, it was the first time that a full-size, remote-controlled electric race car had been piloted safely on a track, so it was important to provide a safe and responsive connection.


The vehicle's communications architecture was specifically designed and implemented by Riedel Networks, allowing it to be controlled via a Cisco Software -Based Wide Area Network ( SD-WAN ) utilizing the Catalyst 8300 Edge platform to communicate with the Internet server directly through multi-switch technology. Conventions using MPLS to route data over a fiber-optic cable. The optical link is so fast and reliable that many Cisco customers rely on Cisco SD-WAN networks.


The Cisco Catalyst 8300 Edge platform incorporates a multi-core architecture with high encryption capabilities, providing a secure, reliable, and high-performance connection. This technology played a crucial role in transmitting data with high reliability and providing a carrier availability of 99.999%, aspects whose availability in the communication between the vehicle and the remote driving simulator was a very important aspect.


Cisco devices also feature a security option that is activated in the rare cases where MPLS technology fails, as a 5G connection is automatically established through Cisco Catalyst Cellular Gateway devices to secure the connection from interruption, and in this case, the data will be transferred via wide area network type of SD-WAN speeds 5G up to 3.3 Gbps.


And Riddell Networks supported connectivity for remote vehicle steering and video streaming directly from the vehicle to the driver and from the driver to the steering axle. The network also provides the possibility to establish an internal interconnection.


The success of the remote driving experience underscores the capabilities of Cisco's software-based SD-WAN technologies, which can be leveraged in various transport services to connect users with data and applications regardless of their location through a secure connection and provide an enhanced experience.


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