May 15, 2014, 9:18 PM EDT
The 2015 NASCAR season is shaping up to be one where there will be numerous state-of-the-art changes to the sport of stock car racing.
Already announced are plans to reduce engine size and horsepower.
But perhaps the biggest and most anticipated change will be implementation of what sanctioning body officials are calling “Automated Pit Road Officiating Technology (APROT).”
It’s not exactly robots replacing human race officials, but the new APROT will be a significant step forward in officiating races — and in particular action on pit road — making NASCAR the first professional sport to have such extensive use of technology to officiate its events.
“Innovation helps drive NASCAR, and it is central to the sport’s evolution,” NASCAR Executive Vice President of Racing Operations Steve O’Donnell told attendees of the Front End of Innovation conference in Boston earlier this week.
“There are several examples of it improving the sport, none more recent — and impressive — than Air Titan 2.0. The next wave of NASCAR innovation is the pit road officiating technology, which will increase the overall quality of in-race officiating.”
NASCAR is currently testing the new system that is reported to include multiple video cameras and enhanced data collection from numerous sensors placed along pit road. The system will be used on every lap.
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