1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 27, 2016 12:05 PM by Anthony Le Bleis

    Formula e : the new showroom of technologies

    Victor Fontaine

      Big data, connected automotive parts, wireless battery etc. formula e is becoming the new showroom of technologies (cf. following video)



      A new kind of show :



      This weekend was the Paris ePrix, 20000 spectators were attending the event. It is a new kind of racing, located in the city center, without motor sounds, with electric cars etc. it is a racing show but also a technological show.


      An electric safety car with wireless charging system :


      Qualcomm has developed a new technology that allows electric cars to charge their battery without any plugs. This system is wireless, it allows to charge the BMW i8 in 20 minutes with a pad that you place on the ground.



      The final goal is to develop this technology for day to day electric cars. By placing these pads around a city (stops, parkings etc.), electric cars would be able to charge their batteries many time in a day, as a result batteries could be smaller and cheaper.









      Connected automotive parts and big data :


      Michelin tires that are putted on electric cars are equipped with a RFID chip that allows the team to track the use of tires. Michelin foresee to place RFID chip in tires for usual vehicles, this would allow them to track the tires and study the use (pressure, lifetime etc.) in order to develop better tires.


      Another tire producer is imagining a new business model for tire distribution. By placing sensors in tires and by developing partnerships with retailers, they will be able to know when a client needs to change its tires and deliver him new tires for free (by reducing cost of storage).


      Finally, DS Virgin Racing use the big data technology named Trackside developed by HPE. It allows them to analyse in real time the race and give advice to the drivers.


      Big data, connected automotive parts and electric technologies disrupt the racing sector, when and how do you think it will change our day to day mobility needs ?