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​Honda races ahead as IBM Watson takes Internet of Things to Formula One

James Henderson | March 28, 2016
Honda Research and Development is monitoring and analysing data from more than 160 sensors in Formula One cars using IBM Watson.

As a race is taking place, data is streamed to the cloud and shared with the pit crew teams equipped with tablets and mobile technology.

The data is analysed in real-time by researchers at HRD Sakura, Honda’s R&D facility in Japan and Honda's trackside members.

Transmitting this analysis using IBM Streams, implemented by IBM Global Business Services, as the race is taking place allows for adjustments to basic metrics such as temperature, pressure and power levels that help improve the power unit's performance.

Additionally, the Honda research team can also now build very complex performance models to measure energy recovery of the power unit to ensure its longevity.

“With the rapid growth of the Internet of Things, by 2025, every car will be connected in some way exuding vast amounts of streaming data ranging from traffic updates to health of the vehicle, operations and more,” adds Harriet Green, general manager, Watson IoT, Commerce and Education, IBM.

“We are excited to team with Honda to provide sophisticated cognitive IoT capabilities and analytics to combine data directly from the F1 racing power unit with other sources, allowing Honda to not only enhance its power units that are built for speed, but to also be more friendly to our environment.”


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