Gran Turismo Sophy AI Agent Development

Gran Turismo Sophy AI Agent Development

Gran Turismo Sophy is an AI agent that has learned driving skills that surpass the world’s best players in the sim racing genre.

Sony AI presented the latest developments in their autonomous racing AI agent ‘Gran Turismo Sophy’ (GT Sophy) along with an exhibition race at the Gran Turismo World Series 2022 World Finals, which was held in Monaco from 24 to 27 November.

This exhibition race pitted the AI agent against top World Finals drivers picked from every corner of the globe. The drivers tasked with beating the newest evolution of GT Sophy were Valerio Gallo, Igor Fraga, Emily Jones and Takuma Miyazono. This race can be viewed from the ‘Nations Cup Grand Final’ archive on the Gran Turismo World Series 2022 World Finals page.

Comment from Michael Spranger, Chief Operating Officer, Sony AI

Since achieving our first goal of outracing the best Gran Turismo players, our newest challenge has been training Gran Turismo Sophy to drive competitively with a broader range of players, by continually testing and refining the agent’s driving and racing etiquette skills. As we continue to improve GT Sophy’s capabilities, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to race her against some of the best drivers in the world, and make GT Sophy available to the wider GT7 community.

GT Sophy is a revolutionary racing AI agent launched in 2020, designed to compete against top Gran Turismo drivers and create new gaming experiences. At the start of development, the AI that could not even drive in a straight line, let alone overtake a human driver. Through repeated training using cutting edge deep reinforcement learning and cloud gaming infrastructure though, the AI has evolved far enough to be able to take on the world’s top level Gran Turismo drivers.

The project held its first exhibition race ‘Race Together 2021’ in June 2021, and on February 10 this year was featured in Nature magazine.

For more information on the Gran Turismo Sophy project, please refer to the ‘GT Sophy’ website.