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A Pratt & Miller Engineering and Bosch Motorsports partnership is taking steps toward making the world of motorsports safer through an award-winning radar system. The Collision Avoidance System, which tracks cars and distances, works as an "extra set of eyes," as Corvette racer Richard Westbrook described. Track images are captured and overlaid with radar data on the rear view display. This allows for at-a-glance driver recognition, even at night and in the rain. This integration of multiple hardware and software components started gaining a great deal of attention last March, with its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Within a year's time, the system has received two awards in the motorsports community, is now in its production ready version and is about to be shipped across the world to teams in need. The new version totes some serious improvements: 50% thinner, 30% lighter and streamlined internal hardware components for improved reliability and manufacturability. This has been the result of intense collaboration with Bosch Motorsports and their production expertise over the last two months. One of the advantages of this system is that the driver doesn't need to take their eyes off the road; they can utilize it with just their peripheral vision due to how the interface is designed. "This has kind of been the goal all along," says Chris Hammond, the Lead Radar System Engineer at Pratt & Miller. "It's funny that we are developing this product and putting so much time into how it looks and functions, to have the end goal of making it so the driver never has to look directly at it." While the Corvette C7.R is one of the fastest GT cars, they aren't the fastest overall on the track. With two other faster classes that run at the same time, being able to see those cars as they are approaching creates a safer environment for overtaking and provides teams and fans with what they want— more green-flag racing.




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