If you still don’t believe that title, I assure you that you read it right. From back in the day, the sport of Formula 1 has been leading in technological innovation, it is not by chance that it is considered the most technologically advanced sport.
Those in the tech community have even dubbed Formula 1 as the fastest R&D lab in the world. If you wonder how, then know that hybrid cars and a lot of the electric car tech we use today has formula 1 to thank. However, this is not an article about Motorsport, it’s about the stuff that comes after the races are done and the drivers go home.
Smart phone manufacturers are always looking for ways to make the phones better and more efficient devices for us to use. In recent years, when smart phone makers were looking for the next best thing, they turned to formula 1 to test and refine a crucial component of the phone which is data transfer.
Data transfer is part of the lifeblood of the phone, using the internet, downloads, uploads, sending texts, sharing files and even making phone calls all require a form of data transfer.
The challenge we have with data transfer today is that we are not able to transfer as much data as we would want at a go. For instance, if you wanted to download a 1 GB file, it would take a several minutes or a couple of hours. Finding a solution to this challenge is where Formula 1 comes in.
During a race, the cars transfer a lot of data to the engineers through a wireless connection. It is estimated that a single F1 car generates about 500GB of data in a race. As the cars race around the track at speeds of over 300 km/hr they send data on on how the car is performing to the engineers in real time so that they can make informed decisions.
Because the cars go by really fast, there is a need to make data transfer just as fast if not even faster. In 2017, Mercedes Benz F1 team and Qualcomm which is the largest smart phone chip maker partnered to work on a new data transfer method that would be faster than the current industry standard.
In the year since the work began, they were able to achieve transfer speeds of 1.9 Gigabits per second. To put that into perspective, at that speed, you can download a 1 GB file in less than 5 seconds. This technology has been in use by the Mercedes Benz F1 garage and they have had successful results which has contributed to their team’s winning streak this year.
This means that in a couple of years we could he receiving this kind of technology in our smartphones, after all Qualcomm has been a large part of the development process. This technology, if implemented has the potential to revolutionize the way phones operate.
Author: Daniel Odaka
Daniel is a writer and communications expert with a love for tech, science and cars. He believes tech is a lifestyle and we all live it in the way we communicate, work, move and go about our lives. To maintain a lifestyle you need to keep on top of it and that’s where he comes in