International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s Watson to add flavor to Honda’s F1 cars
International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s latest Watson-themed deal in the auto industry is with Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) (NYSE:HMC). The deal spells out that Honda will use Watson IoT technology to make its racing cars smarter than they have been before. Among other things, Watson will enable Formula One (F1) drivers to make better decisions while on the track.
Implementation of Watson technology in F1 cars will also provide Honda engineers with more data for post-race analysis that could go a long way into improving the design of future F1 cars.
To take advantage of International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s Watson technology, Honda will cram more sensors into its F1 cars to make them extra smart. More than 160 sensors powered by Watson will are expected to be implemented in Honda’s F1 cars.
What’s there for the driver?
The sensors will be able to collect data from multiple sources in the car itself and the track as well. For example, there will be data about fuel flow rates, engine performance and driver timing. The data generated through the sensors will be useful to racing crews while they are still on the track because they can access it in real time. The real time data can help the drive to make sound decisions on speed adjustment and pit stop. Moreover, the racing crews can analyze the data after the race to improve performance in future races.
What about for the research team?
The data from Watson-powered sensors will also be stream to the cloud. It can then be accessed by F1 engineers so that they can adjust pressure, temperature and power accordingly to enhance the performance of their racing crews.
In F1 racing competition, efficiency is greatly valued and it can make a whole world of difference for the racing crews. Honda apparently hopes that International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)’s Watson can help bolster the efficiency of its F1 cars. For example, Honda team is looking at using the sensors to recapture the heat given off from brakes and car exhaust and save it back in the battery to provide drivers extra power.
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