Verizon IndyCar Series Gets A Silicon Valley Style Tech Upgrade
The app basically gives fans an insiders IndyCar experience that enables you to feel like you’re in the coms room. Of course Sanders was quick to point out they vet some of the data before giving it to fans!
We then moved over to Target Chip Ganassi’s Racing Team where Brad Goldberg, the lead engineer No. 83 Chip Ganassi told us about some of the new technology they have in their $1million cars including a steering wheel that monitors insulin levels for one of their drivers who suffers from diabetes and relives him with sugar-water if levels get too low. (Video coming soon).
We asked driver J.P Montoya if he would use technology like Skully’s Smart Helmets which TechDrive reported on earlier this week implements a Google Glass like virtual-reality data over real-world driving situations to help drivers make more informed decisions – you can check out our video coming soon to see his somewhat surprising answer.
And lastly it’s not just the drivers and team IndyCar who have made technological updates to their cars and communications, the series head sponsor Verizon is heavily investing in the connected car and connected home space and has launched a number of apps where you can control your car and home heating NEST, for example, via your smartphone. Verizon is also this year delivering LTE multicast over commercial 4G LTE network giving teams an in car camera and field experience like no other.
Verizon’s technology surrounding the IndyCar Series and its premier race create a perfect backdrop to demonstrate the power and value of LTE Multicast from Verizon. With a series of cameras deployed trackside to capture the cars as they travel around the Oval, combined with in-car cameras for unparalleled driver perspectives, the content delivered over LTE Multicast gives IndyCar teams using the Team App pictures and angles in real time they may not have seen before. And, in a sport that relies on technology and split-second decision-making as much as IndyCar does, each nugget of information can mean the difference between Victory Lane and coming in second.
Lastly it was interesting to hear from Will Phillips, VP Technology Verizon IndyCar Series that whilst IndyCar is investing in allowing more technology in their team’s cars, they have to have limits to stop a team who has raised more in sponsorship being able to develop better technology to win the race. “We have to make sure every team and car has a fair chance at winning, to make the race fair we cannot let a team who has more funding than the rest make better technological advances to the car.”