5G speeds up motorsports future

This Sunday could arguably be called the biggest day in racing: Monaco’s Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and NASCAR Coca Cola 600, all taking place on the same day. Motorsports has a long history, with decades of tradition. The internet age with its digital transformation has left no industry untouched, and motorsports is no exception. Let’s dive under the hood to unveil how this storied industry, its organizers, teams, TV channels and gaming producers are likely to transform in this new age.

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Motorsport an advanced technology arena

Motorsport is a high-tech industry with cars, engine technology and aerodynamics all playing a key role in car performance.

The fan experience has been central to the draw of big motorsports; the roar of motors whizzing by, crowds of screaming fans, unmistakable whiff of gasoline, burning rubber and the checkered flag.   Digital transformation ushers in a new era for the fan experience, leveraging innovations in video broadcasting, virtual and augmented reality and access to real-time statistics. Fans attending live events will get a plethora of information beamed directly to their devices of choice, be it a smartphone, a supersized TV or a VR headset. At home, fans will enjoy advanced graphics and HD quality, all transmitted instantly from the track as well as on-board cameras mounted inside the vehicle!

Technologies transforming motor sports

A number of new technologies are moving into the motorsport industry. 5G, the next generation of wireless technology, will be a game changer for motorsports teams, fans and organizers alike

5G promises significantly higher speed and capacity, along with lower latency than existing mobile technology, making it a perfect match for motorsports with its own love for high track speeds. The technology gives us a glimpse on how motorsports can be connected in the future.

One example is using 5G to stream telemetry data in real time to the paddock where teams, organizers and broadcasters can access the car performance data in real time. Imagine a world where potential car break-downs can be diagnosed before they happen, a race where the ability to monitor tire pressures, wing angles and fuel consumption real time will define who wins and loses the race.

Fans will enjoy a fully immersive experience, get access to more camera angles real-time video in 4K/HDR/360-degree format, from the track or from drones circulating above the race eclipsing even helicopter footage available today. Instead of being passive consumers, fans can become active participants, even producers leveraging this technology and content ushering in a new experience experiences for fans.

The role of 5G in making it all happen

How does 5G enable this magic on and off the racetrack? Well, check out this video:

As you can see, 5G is designed to support very high speed connectivity even to speeding objects. As cars advance at high speeds down the track, 5G uses narrow “beams” in the air with each beam capable of very high throughput and logic to follow and move traffic between beams as fast as the cars.

5G is also powerful enough to transmit real time car data to the local cloud- based data center at the track which serves as a distribution point for the telemetry data to the teams as well as organizers and broadcasters.  The power of 5G can also be leveraged to provide fiber-like speeds wireless speeds to our homes. This week, in Indianapolis, home of the Indy 500, Ericsson and Verizon will demonstrate how 5G speeds up the future, at home and on the track.

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