Formula 1 Technology Could Stop You Being Late For Work

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McLaren Applied Technologies, the innovation and research arm of F1 giants McLaren, is looking to apply Formula 1 technology to Singapore’s subway system.

Experts in high-performance technology and design, McLaren Applied Technologies are not only making history on track but also within the transport and health sector. Using loggers and sensors onto parts of the SMRT train fleet – a similar technology to those used in Formula 1 (image below as an example) – McLaren aims to capture the data which could help anticipate, simulate and predict when a failure might occur. With this in place, it should mean that trains are less likely to be late or disrupted without knowing about it.

McLaren F1 data logger

The sensor technology and data experts are exploring ways to deliver quantifiable performance advantage across four key sectors; Motorsport, Automotive, Public Transport and Health.

Chief Operating Officer, Celia Gaffney has said: “We’re looking at how wearables capture data for medical patients recovering from a condition, gathering that and helping clinicians really personalize the pathway for patients, rather than putting them through something that’s fairly vanilla and standard.”

Boasting a 52-year legacy, McLaren has seen some of the most renowned drivers to world championship success: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Mika Hakkinen, Niki Lauda and Lewis Hamilton.

British Trains in Crisis

This exploration into sensory technology couldn’t come sooner with British commuters are left facing delays and cancellations due to a timetable change introduced on 20 May. It’s been dubbed the “greatest timetable change for a generation” and has left Northern and Govia Thameslink Railway customers facing travel disruption from London and the South East to Newcastle, Nottingham, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.


The author: Mark Cotterell
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