Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, said they have collaborated to enable the wireless download of racecar telemetry data via Wi-FiÂ® using 5 GHz spectrum during Formula Oneâ¢ 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.
The system deployed is comprised of several QualcommÂ® Snapdragonâ¢ 805 processors with QualcommÂ® VIVEâ¢ 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.