Friday, February 5, 2016


What does the fate of Formula 1 will look in the future ? Groups like Red Bull Racing and McLaren are as of now envisioning it. Their thoughts range from close term potential outcomes like shut cockpit F1 autos and F-35-like head protector mounted data showcases to promote flung thoughts like nanotechnology-empowered self-repairing suspension, progressively configurable tires. The last final frontier we to go, actually, is completely self-ruling racing cars . 

Be that as it may, you can't take people out of the cockpit says Sam Collins, representative manager of Racecar Engineering, a UK-based motorsports production. Collins, who has composed a progression of articles on hustling's future, includes there'd be minimal enthusiasm for interest in racing without people in the cars—and in danger.                                                                                                                                       You have to have the human in the equation. It's so important and we've got to lose a few," says Collins. "Look at the popularity of NASCAR, the race after Dale Earnhardt died. Look at the popularity of Formula 1 after Ayrton Senna died. People want to see dareing-do. Death in motor racing should certainly not be encouraged, but there should always be the specter of death. The perception of danger is very important." 

Drivers risking life and limb are pivotal, a point not lost of F1 futurists who posit a slew of ways to "improve the human" to cope with the higher speeds and quicker action technology will add to racing. One idea is to harness the capabilities of the driver's brain directly.

Adjusting things like brake bias or engine mode on an F1 car could be done via what is known as a "brain computer interface" Collins explains. He points out a project at the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin in Germany in Germany developed a semi-autonomous vehicle which allowed impulses from the brain to control some elements of a vehicle's operation.

The project worked by translating electromagnetic signals within a test subject's brain into patterns that could be recognized by computer software. The subject wore a cap with 16 sensors that transmitted neural signals. Software was progressively trained to recognize when a subject was thinking "left" or "right." Wearing the cap, the test subject took the driver's seat in a semi-autonomous vehicle and directed it by "thinking" left or right, essentially instructing the car's driving software and sensors to follow through.

The experiment was limited, but demonstrated that drivers could potentially think an action and it would be executed. Using brain implants, they might also be able to communicate telepathically with their teams while battling on track, relaying seat-of-the-pants data to engineers without speaking a word.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The fanciful McLaren Formula group propelled this thought as part the cutting edge MP4-X idea auto it discharged last December. By official statement put out by McLaren, "the most energizing element of the MP4-X is the way the auto interfaces with the driver's cerebrum. McLaren Applied Technologie, which fabricated the idea, is calling this element 'intellectual human-machine interface, signal control and cerebrum synaptic control". 

A down to earth situation McLaren sees emerging from a human-machine interface could be the capacity for group designers to identify early when a driver is comparing so as to battle with tires known cerebrum action when tires are new and hold high to the driver's level of mental action/vitality when grasp logically starts to blur. Representing noticeable contrasts would hypothetically permit the pitwall to sense tire corruption even before a driver imparted it verbally. Others have raised more outlandish ideas. In 2014, British futurist Dr. Ian Pearson suggested that onboard cameras might become obsolete as TV producers could tap directly into the driver's eyes. Viewers could see exactly what a driver sees through his own eyes.

It all sounds incredible and potentially fascinating. But as with all technology, things might not go so smoothly.

Sam Collins believes how effective driver-computer interface would be would vary wildly depending on the human using it. "It would take a particularly special driver," says Collins." I don't think you'd find Lewis Hamilton able to do that but you'd find Fernando Alonso able to do it. It might change the type of driver who is successful or reward different drivers. It's not a straightforward thing." 

But if the technology to make such an interface possible exists, it may well be inevitable. Says Collins: "It all sounds like something from Minority Report, but it's real technology now."    

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