Gran Turismo Sophy Artificial Intelligence Racing System

The people at Sony AI, which is an owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation, Polyphony Digital Inc, and Sony Interactive Entertainment teamed up to develop Gran Turismo Sophy.

Gran Turismo Sophy is an autonomous artificial intelligence system that aims to revolutionize AI gaming and the resulting gaming experience. Initialy, the formentioned dev teams set out to develop an AI agent that could beat the best drivers in the PlayStation 4 Gran Turismo Sport title. That said, Polyfony Digital has allready confirmed that Gran Turismo Sophy will be coming to Gran Turismo 7 in the near future via on of the scheduled updates.

GT Sophy was trained to master the following driving skills needed to compete with the world’s best championship-level drivers.

Sony’s Purpose is to ‘fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology,’ and Gran Turismo Sophy is a perfect embodiment of this, said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Corporation. This group collaboration in which we have built a game AI for gamers is truly unique to Sony as a creative entertainment company. It signals a significant leap in the advancement of AI while also offering enhanced experiences to GT fans around the world.

Gran Turismo Sophy is a significant development in AI whose purpose is not simply to be better than human players, but to offer players a stimulating opponent that can accelerate and elevate the players’ techniques and creativity to the next level, said Hiroaki Kitano, CEO of Sony AI. “In addition to making contributions to the gaming community, we believe this breakthrough presents new opportunities in areas such as autonomous racing, autonomous driving, high-speed robotics and control.

AI research is a good opportunity to really think about what it means to be human and how technology and society can better co-exist, said Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital. Since its first release in 1997, the Gran Turismo franchise has continued to push the boundaries of gaming and innovation through a curiosity for technology. Gran Turismo Sophy is a further demonstration of this philosophy, and I believe that this AI concept will contribute to both the future of games and automobiles.

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Sony AI tested the capabilities of GT Sophy by racing against four of the world’s best Gran Turismo drivers in two Race Together 2021 Challenge events, which took place on July 2, 2021 and October 21, 2021. By making improvements to the agent based on the results of the first race, GT Sophy outperformed the best human GT drivers in both time trial races and an FIA-Certified Gran Turismo Championships format race for the second event in October.