Microsoft and Renault Sport Formula One Team

23.09.2017: Technology has always been a fundamental aspect of Formula 1 and engineers and scientists involved in the design and development

Technology has always been a fundamental aspect of Formula 1 and engineers and scientists involved in the design and development of the fastest racing cars in the world need the right tools to stay ahead in this grueling innovation race.



In this respect, Microsoft Dynamics 365 solutions have been helping Enstone since the inception of the partnership in 2012.



An array of Microsoft business solutions has already made its mark and, by moving some of their operations into the cloud, Renault Sport Formula One Team have made considerable steps in agility and cost saving.



Yet, since their return to the sport as a Constructor in 2016, there are now new frontiers of technology Renault Sport Formula One Team are exploring with Microsoft and the team’s CIO Pierre d’Imbleval.



Both have a clear view of the potential Azure Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence on one side and HoloLens and Augmented Reality on the other. These developments will further enhance the team in the near future.



“Artificial Intelligence could be the next seminal breakthrough in the digital transformation plan,” he explains. “A lot can happen in the 90 seconds across a lap. We have more than 200 sensors on our car that, combined into virtual channels, send back to the pits thousands of streams of information.



“Bots coded with algorithms can process data many times faster than humans and the potential of having an AI engine behind the scenes, looking at the combined behavior between channels and identifying patterns, is huge.



“We need help to make the best decisions in the shortest possible time but there are other implications,” Pierre continues:



“Not only would faster AI-integrated information boost race performance, it will also help to identify patterns that lead to failures and improve reliability, which is another crucial aspect of competitiveness in Formula One.” d’Imbleval is planning for trackside AI to be in place next racing season.



Azure ML helps predict better tyre degradation in order to adjust precisely the car set up for each track as well correlate data along the Aero design process from 3d modelling to testing sessions through the wind tunnel results.



Other engineering disciplines will also benefit from a mixed reality environment as IT engineers are exploring the possibility of using Microsoft HoloLens to visualize airflow and vortexes over the complex curvatures of the R.S.17 bodywork and mixed reality is being assessed as an aid to guide technicians during particularly delicate phases of car assembly.



Yet Pierre’s vision for Augmented reality is not limited to engineering applications. “The technology is there to allow fans to visualize information without taking their eyes off the race track,” and he concludes with a smile: “Perhaps one day we will see a grandstand full of HoloLensed fans watching the race with a lot more knowledge about what’s happening than they can’t even dream of today!”




- Renault Sport F1

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