- An RV experience at the edge of the circuit
- Working conditions improved by augmented reality
- Formula 1 must come to terms with technology
In 2016, the broadcasting of Formula 1 races began to falter. This discipline remains the most watched among the different types of motor racing, but remains behind many other sports in terms of technological improvements to the show.
For two years, the Tata Communications Connectivity Innovation Prize has sought to change this. This competition invites coders and designers to use technology to improve fan engagement and F1 team workflow.
An RV experience at the edge of the circuit
This year's winner, Datu YogaBrata, imagined a 360 ° experience allowing spectators to attend the races from the edge of the track. The concept is based on the presence of agents responsible for walking around the circuit, equipped with live 360 ° cameras.
Thanks to virtual reality, spectators will be able to watch the races as close as possible to the action. This concept succeeded in seducing the jury, and YogaBrata won a check for $ 50 plus a bespoke trophy donated by Lewis Hamilton.
Working conditions improved by augmented reality
Besides this big winner, several interesting projects were presented during the competition. One of these projects proposed, for example, to use augmented reality to improve the working conditions of Formula 1 teams. In the field of F1, teams can only have a limited number of members for each race, in order to reduce costs and not take up too much space. The other members must stay at the base and lend a hand to their team from the control center.
Currently, teams must therefore rely on tools like Slack and other voice chats to exchange data. However, one of the contest participants offers to use Microsoft's HoloLens headset to allow teams to quickly exchange data visualizations and ideas using augmented reality.