How Honda’s F1 racecars use IBM Watson to analyze data, boost efficiency, and shape strategies

Image: IBM Artificial intelligence in cars has become part of a national discussion recently, with the US Department of Transportation issuing guidelines for autonomous research, Tesla’s Autopilot enabling drivers with semi-autonomous highway driving, and even Ford announcing it will mass produce fully-driverless vehicles by 2021. But artificial intelligence in the auto world has a long history—and some of its deepest roots come from the racecar industry. Recently, Honda R&D has been using a system, harnessing the IBM IoT for Automotive solution, to analyze data that comes from its racecars’ hybrid engines. The Watson platform, now used in F1 racing, has become key in the area of engine analytics. “We’re using our Watson IOT platform to gather well over a couple hundred data points off of the engine in real time,”…


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