App AI-based Virtual Race Engineer incl. automated Pitstop Handling

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  1. TheBigO

    TheBigO Well-Known Member

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    The most notable feature of this week's release is the possibility to specify the frequency with that the Spotter supplies information during a session. Many other, more minor changes are documented in the Release Notes.

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    This time we have improvements in the session handling of the "Practice Center", the Spotter informs differently about unsafe drivers ahead or behind and there is a new info component available in the "System Monitor", which informs in detail about car damage. This data is also available in the integration plugin and can therefore be used in SimHub, for example. Not yet visible on the outside are many preparations for the new GPT based architecture of the standard Race Assistants.

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    This is the first release in a series of upcoming releases, which will introduce GPT technology for the standard Assistants (Engineer, ...). The first release will allow you to send the speech of an Assistant to an LLM, for example ChatGPT, for rephrasing. This will introduce interesting variations in the spoken messages of the Assistants, making the conversation much more natural.

    All these upcoming changes will be optional, since using a GPT service for speech processing will introduce a bit of additional latency into the conversation, and it might also impose some costs depnding on the chosen provider. Therefore, you can continue to use the assistants as usual without using GPT services.

    To activate the new AI functionalities, you can choose between several methods to integrate a GPT service, even by running an LLM locally on your PC, if your system is powerful enough.

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    The integration of GPT technology for the Race Assistants has made another big step this week. You can use an LLM now to support a much broader understanding of voice commands, even when they are far off the originally defined grammer. Example:

    The command grammar requires you to say to the Engineer: "Can you prepare a pitstop?" When the GPT command processing is active, you can formulate this question almost in any way, for example: "I need to come to the pit. Can you prepare everything?"

    Beside many other changes that are mentioned in the Release Notes, support has been added for the Mustang GT3 in ACC.

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    Release 5.7.2 is the most important and groundbreaking release in a long time. With this release we complete the integration of GPT technology into the standard Race Assistants (Engineer, Strategist and Spotter). All Assistants therefore have a fluent understanding of natural language and can answer all questions in their area, provided the GPT conversation booster has been activated for the respective assistant. As promised, this feature is completely optional as using a GPT service may incur some costs or require a very powerful system, if an LLM is run locally. If the GPT conversation amplifier is not configured, everything works as before, but I'm sure you don't want to miss the new possibilities.

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    We will have a live coaching session in our Discord on Monday, 20th May, 19:00 CEST. I will explain all the new stuff and there will also be a live presentation.

    As always, there are a few more changes. For more information, see the release notes.

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    This week brings a lot of fine-tuning in several areas:

    - The instructions for the GPT-based conversation booster of the Assistants can now be edited.
    - The "Race Center" now knows how to handle first lap pitstops after an incident correctly.
    - The Spotter can tell you in qualifcation, whether the car in front of you or behind you is on a timed lap.
    - The AI Driving Coach now has full access to the telemetry information of the car.
    - The workflow for the team manager (configuration of teams, drivers and sessions in the Team Server) has been streamlined.
    - And many more...

    As always, please take a look at the Release Notes for details. And you want to take a look at this video. It is a recording of our last coaching session, were I gave an introduction incl. demo for the new GPT-based conversational capabilities of the Assistants.



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    This week is also all about the new AI functions of the Assistants. It is particularly helpful that the available models of a GPT service provider are now displayed directly during configuration. The integration with GPT4All is now stable after the 2.8 release of this excellent open source project and Ollama is now also supported as a further option for running LLMs locally on the PC. This means that a large selection of commercial providers, such as OpenAI or Mistral AI, is now available, as well as open source models that can run locally on your computer.

    As always, check out the Release Notes for more details and other improvements.

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    Things are moving fast these days when it comes to AI applications. Two major improvements this week:

    1. The Strategist and the Spotter learned a new voice command, with which you can get information about the pitting of other drivers.
    2. The knowledge transfer from the rule engine to the LLM has been improved for all Assistants. Much more complex questions are now possible, for example you can ask the Engineer: "Can you tell me the air temperature and the tyre pressures we have chosen for the last pitstop?"

    Here are some short recordings with conversations with the Engineer and the Strategist and even between those two. Please note, that some functionality demonstrated here are not yet available in the 5.7.5 but will be released with 5.7.6 end of next week.

    https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/bqfs...ey=33t4j70e3fuetosklvo2peoya&st=3jr0bvs2&dl=1

    https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/zza3...ey=5nbo5q1qz0xdvsdgdibk652dq&st=x1a00y5c&dl=1

    https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/o3ej...ey=qozaqvqjfhy6tiysvhs6ojkn4&st=n3mkcrw1&dl=1

    And you can check the Release Notes for many other improvements, as always.

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    Another big step for the Assistants: If they are connected to a GPT service, the LLM can now trigger any action inside Simulator Controller. A handful of actions are predefined and you can define your own ones, but this requires some serious technical skills.

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    Actions can be triggered as a result of your conversation with the Assistant, but the LLM can also decide to trigger an action on its own.

    I will now have a summer break. Supoort and minor functional additions will be secured during this time, but since no on-track testing is possible until end of July, there will be no major updates.

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