The world champion F1 team, Mercedes, is onboarding TeamViewer as their latest sponsor to test opportunities with AR technology. Mercedes has a $300 million sponsors portfolio, and the newly added global software company is going to be the third biggest one on the list.
The company believes that the problem-solving at Grand Prix events could be accelerated using AR technology. The need for the amount of staff required at races could be minimized by ramping up processes, thereby reducing the overall cost of running the team.
A direct live contact between personnel working at the track and related staff at the factory could be made possible using AR systems that could transform the way in which the operations are run on F1 race weekends.
Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, talked about the benefits of technology and said, “Formula 1 is a sport that travels around the globe. And in the same way as we have our race support room, where we have around 30 people that monitor the car, that work in the simulator, and in the windtunnel to enhance the performance on track, we need to inspect high tech parts, such as the power unit hydraulics components and gearboxes.”
“I think having remote access from the factory through the augmented reality possibilities that TeamViewer provides is going to give us an edge.”
“The benefits are also that the remote work that we all have experienced in the last 12 months is also helping us to reduce our carbon footprint. We will be able to take less people to the race track, because the remote access will allow us to have exactly the same kind of potential in working with our engineers on the track even when they are back at base,” he added.
Oliver Steil, the CEO of TeamViewer, mentioned the enormous growth of AR applications in other domains and its scope in the F1 space as well.
“In manufacturing, logistics, repair, inspection, testing healthcare, we have solutions where the worker wears glasses and gets step by step instructions on those glasses,” he said.
“When you have a very, very complex inspection of an aircraft engine for example, then you can have somebody on call who is a trained engineer but working in a different location – and they work together to solve a problem,” he explained.
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