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Cisco helps to usher in new era of full-sized driverless racing

Cisco helps to usher in new era of full-sized driverless racing

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Cisco’s intelligent networking technology has been used to remotely control a full-sized electric-powered race car around a track at 200kph for the first time. 

Conducted in partnership with DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters), the German touring car championship, Schaeffler and Riedel Networks, the historic drive took place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria on September 2, 2021.

The DTM Electric Demo car was raced around the 4,326m long track without a driver in the seat. The race car was instead controlled remotely by DTM trophy champion, Tim Heinemann, from a state-of-the-art simulator, located 82km away in Graz.

This sophisticated full-sized electric car was built by DTM technicians in conjunction with project leader, Schaeffler. Cisco provided the technology while Riedel Networks designed and built the communication network.

The communications architecture of the car was specially designed and implemented by Riedel Networks to enable it to be controlled with Cisco Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) and the Catalyst 8300 Edge platform for the primary connection with a direct fiber over MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) link. It is a fast and extremely reliable link and is popular with some Cisco customers for running select applications in their Cisco SD-WAN architecture over MPLS.

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