While racing generally helps to make production cars safer by advancing technology and components, sometimes the opposite is true. At this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring, race car fabricator Pratt & Miller rolled out a radar-based collision avoidance system that essentially comes from the production car world.
As Autoblog tells us, the system uses a rear-mounted radar sensor to identify and track as many as 32 objects approaching from the rear. Those with a green marker are being left behind, those with a yellow marker are moving at a comparable speed, and those in red denote a significantly faster car.
Based on the rate of closure, the system (which runs on a custom built Linux PC) is even smart enough to guess if the overtaking car is from the same class or from a faster class. Those from a faster class are denoted by a chevron in the marker, letting the driver know that he doesn’t need to battle that car for a position.
When an opponent is overtaking, the driver is given a bold directional arrow indicating that a car is alongside. The system could go a long way towards preventing crashes in endurance racing, where cars of varying speeds run in all kinds of weather and lighting conditions.
The Pratt & Miller-built C6.R Corvettes are currently the only cars running the collision avoidance system, though the company has plans to sell the technology to other interested teams in the near future.