FAQ

WHAT IS THE FIA SMART DRIVING CHALLENGE?

The FIA Smart Driving Challenge (FIA SDC) is the world’s first challenge that rewards smart, safe and environmentally-friendly driving.

The challenge was created by the FIA to encourage everyday drivers to adopt and develop smarter driving skills.

During the competition, each individual driving will be measured by a digital platform, called Enerfy®, which evaluates driving in real time with artificial intelligence (AI) during the competition and makes smart driving both measurable and comparable.

When joining the competition, participants will be invited to join a team led by one prestigious motor sport champion. The team leader will help them become the smartest driver.



Who can participate?

Any regular motorist.


When does the FIA Smart Driving Challenge starts and ends?

The season officially started on 13 May 2019 when the first heat took off. The season consists of 14 heats, each of them being a calendar week long. The final will take place in Paris in December 2019.


When is the final and what will happen then?

The final will take place in Paris in December 2019. The top three teams and their top three drivers, as well as the top three best drivers in the overall individual ranking, will be invited to compete to win the competition.


How do you compete?

All participants need to join a team to drive for by choosing a team leader when signing up.

During each heat, the FIA Smart Driving Challenge is open for participants to compete and register trips to collect FIA Smart Driving Challenge points, both as team and as individuals.

Every drive over 1 km during the heat is included in the scoring. However, during a heat the total drive must exceed 10 km for the participation to be taken into account.



Do I need to drive all the heats to be able to compete?

You compete in as many heats as you wish (minimum 7) and only your 7 best heats will be taken into account to establish your final score.


Does it cost anything to join the competition?

The season package is now on a promotional price of 44.99 €, which includes the OBD reader needed to compete.


How do I choose a team?

Choose any team and team leader you want to support and drive for. Your team leader will continually inspire you to become a smarter driver sharing with you his or her best driving tips during the heats. Please note that you cannot change team during the season.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF “SMART DRIVING”?

Smart driving means handling your car in a safe, environmentally friendly and well-planned way, which you do if you:
  • Stay 100% focused during your driving.
  • Plan the route and be prepared for the next step.
  • Raise your gaze and keep a safe distance to cars in front of you.
  • Do not stress.
  • Try to handle gas and brake smoothly.
  • Adopt your driving style and speed to circumstances such as traffic and weather conditions.

How can Smart Driving be measurable?

Each drive is measured in real time by the app connected and the OBD plug-in. The data is sent to the AI based platform, which calculates the smartness of the driving relying on a number of elements: energy efficiency, eco-driving, safety. Thanks to the data received, a driving score is delivered to the driver in real-time.


How do you calculate the score?

The score takes into account all registered trips over 1 km. The individual driver score is calculated on an average based on the top 10% of the trips.

The team driving score is calculated on the average score of the top 20 drivers of the team plus 2% of the score of the other team members. Points and classifications will be received after a heat has ended.



What are the technical requirements to join SDC?

All drivers need to have a smartphone and an OBD II outlet in their car, which can be found in all cars produced after 1996 in the US and 2001 in the EU. The plug-in works independent of car model in diesel, gas and electric cars. The competition runs on an app you need to download to your smartphone and use when participating in the challenge.


Where in the car do I put the FIA SDC Plug-in?

You connect the plug-in into the OBD connector. If you do not know where it is located, please click here for more information: https://www.carmd.com/wp/locating-the-obd2-port-or-dlc-locator/