Connected car technologies might show up at F1 thanks to Qualcomm

Qualcomm and Mercedes AMG Petronas have partnered to enhance on-track performance

Imagine this – F1 cars with the latest technologies that provide real-time data transmissions to enhance a team’s on-track performance. Seems exciting? That vision of yours will soon become a reality.

Qualcomm and Mercedes AMG Petronas have officially collaborated to develop advanced communication features for the latter’s F1 car. As per the agreement, Qualcomm is now Mercedes AMG Petronas’ official technology partner.

This multi-year agreement gives Qualcomm the power to impart its expertise in mobile as the foundation for Mercedes AMG Petronas’ F1 car. So with Qualcomm’s technologies, Mercedes AMG Petronas will be able to improve on its overall race speed and vehicle reliability, in addition to power and operational efficiencies.

But it doesn’t just limit it to that – Qualcomm aims to further develop projects that will target real-time data transmission, sensor networks and wireless charging integration (basically, all the fancy high-tech stuff that you’ve only seen in sci-fi movies thus far).

According to Mercedes-Benz, with each year, developing a winning F1 team relies heavily on electronics and connectivity, which Qualcomm has to offer. As such, it added that this collaboration would prove to be a prominent testing ground for new technology advancements for the automotive space.

“We’re looking forward to helping the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team rise to the next level and as a result, refine some of the industry’s most sophisticated auto technologies,” Qualcomm Incorporated president, Derek Aberle, said.

This move expands Qualcomm’s automotive partnerships – to date, the company’s already got more than 40 initiatives with automakers and suppliers to aid in the development of new technologies for improved connectivity, safety, navigation, and infotainment. Not forgetting to mention the use of its Halo technology for wireless electric vehicle charging too