Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, today announced they have collaborated to enable the wireless download of racecar telemetry data via Wi-Fi® using 5 GHz spectrum during Formula One™ practice sessions. This technology implementation marks a significant improvement over previous wired data offloading processes. The telemetry includes data from thermal imaging tire cameras, which is used to improve speed, efficiency and vehicle safety.
Sharing this data via Wi-Fi over the 5 GHz spectrum is designed to enable much faster data transfer of large vehicle diagnostics files and prevent frequent trips to the garage to offload data, which previously required a plug-in connection from the car to computers in the garage. Data is now transferred via high-speed wireless in the pitlane. This advancement allows the Mercedes racecar to make better use of limited practice sessions and spend more time testing the configuration of the vehicle, providing the team with a distinct competitive advantage.
“This is the first in a number of projects between Qualcomm Technologies and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team and we’re excited to unveil this at the Grand Prix in Austin this weekend,” said Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm Incorporated. “Through this project, we have learned new ways to use Wi-Fi in the automotive environment. Innovation in motorsport often drives the advancements seen in the consumer auto industry, and we believe this technology, as well as other advanced wireless technologies, has the potential to shape future developments in Dedicated Short Range Communications, Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure communications. These types of technologies will lead to increased driver safety and provide important data pertaining to the vehicle’s journey.”
The system deployed by the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team and Qualcomm Technologies, is comprised of several Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processors with Qualcomm® VIVE™ 802.11ac Wi-Fi, along with multiple access points, one in the pit lane and one in the garage, to improve the speed of connectivity and data transfer. Qualcomm Technologies will continue to advance this solution throughout the 2016 race season and beyond, with potential system architecture changes and planned migration to 802.11ad Wi-Fi solutions over 60 GHz spectrum to bring further improvements to the speed and efficiency of data transfer.
“Qualcomm Technologies’ focus on innovation in wireless technologies and their long-standing reputation as a trusted advisor and technical resource in the automotive industry, together with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team’s record of embracing technical advances makes this a great collaboration,” said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. “This is a tangible example of how our partners’ technologies are making a valued contribution to our successes on track.”
This solution is the first project as part of a collaboration that Qualcomm Technologies first announced with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team in March 2015 to develop new connected car technologies to enhance the team’s on-track performance. Qualcomm Technologies’ vision for the automotive industry involves the creation of an entirely new landscape for communication, convenience, energy efficiency, infotainment and safety by utilizing an array of advanced mobile technologies that work together as seamlessly as our mobile devices. The company is involved in more than 40 connected car programs with more than 15 OEMs globally and has been powering in-car connectivity for more than a decade, including nearly a decade of telematics programs with Daimler. Additionally, Qualcomm Technologies continues to gain traction in infotainment with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 602A processor.
About Qualcomm Incorporated
Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.
About the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team are the reigning FIA Formula One World Champions, with operations headquartered at two technology campuses in the UK. The race team, owned by Daimler AG and shareholders Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda, is based in Brackley, Northants. The team’s engines are designed and built by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in nearby Brixworth.