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High-tech partners at the racetrack

The technology in today’s Formula 1 racing cars will appear in passenger cars tomorrow. So the partnership between Mercedes’ Formula 1 team and TeamViewer, a Göppingen-based lead global technology company, is an interesting development.

Formula 1 is constantly generating ideas for the mobility of the future. Roger Atkins, an expert in motor racing and electric vehicles, is convinced of this fact. The technology in racing cars is “the pinnacle of engineering,’ he said recently in the IAA Mobility Masters Talk.

 

Thus also offering “technical solutions to challenges in other fields,” such as the vehicle industry. In other words, what is used today in Formula 1 racing cars, to achieve top performance in top-level motor racing, will be applied tomorrow in the passenger cars on our roads and in industry.

Leading technology firm meets world champions

Against this background, the cooperative project between the Formula 1 team at Mercedes and TeamViewer from the southern German town of Göppingen is an interesting one.

The tech company recently entered into a partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team.

The partners: first up is the most successful Formula 1 team in history, with the seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. The other partner is one of the few global leading technology companies from Germany.

Caption: TeamViewer recently entered into a partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team. Credit: TeamViewer

Since the spring of this year, TeamViewer branding has been emblazoned on Mercedes’ Formula 1 racing cars. But having the logo on the paintwork is not all. One important part of the project is the integration of TeamViewer solutions into the everyday procedures of the Formula 1 team.

“Deep technological partnership”

TeamViewer is equipping the Formula 1 team – and the Formula E team – with its remote connectivity solutions and other innovative technologies.

Toto Wolff, CEO and Team Principal of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team, and Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, speaks of a “deep technological partnership that will enable us to drive performance gains.”

“With our leading remote connectivity solutions, we already do our share to make the Mercedes teams better, faster, and greener in motorsport's journey towards net zero carbon status,” says TeamViewer CEO Oliver Steil. “Greener” is a reference to the fact that thanks to remote access, the mechanics in the Formula 1 team do not need to travel so much and therefore less CO2 will be emitted.

This is because the TeamViewer software enables remote access to computers, industrial systems and robots. In addition, with the aid of Augmented-Reality (AR) solutions using data glasses, experts can help the technicians on site to maintain machines – from a distance. Various industrial companies utilize this technology, such as mechanical engineering firms, automotive enterprises and specialized motor vehicle workshops. And also Mercedes’ Formula 1 team.

Support beside the racetrack

The motor racing experts already use the various options offered by the TeamViewer software – both at the racetrack and at the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport head office in Brackley, UK. Deployment of the software is set to become even better in the future because the remote and AR solutions will provide even better connections between the teams at the racetrack and their colleagues at the headquarters.

In practical terms, this could mean that when a car makes a pit-stop during a race, the on-site team will check its complex transmission and use either a camera on a mobile device or data glasses to transmit the information in real time to their colleagues at the company’s headquarters in England. This enables the specialists there to give the on-site technicians instructions for carrying out repairs via the camera, with 3-D elements displayed directly in their field of vision.

At present the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team is also working on supporting the technicians in the wind tunnel with a TeamViewer solution that uses Augmented Reality (AR).

This experience from the “fastest development lab in the world” will also benefit TeamViewer customers, according to CEO Oliver Steil: “This partnering … will creat[e] new opportunities to transfer use cases from the fastest-moving and most data-driven sports into the industrial environment of our customers.”

If you want to find out more at first hand about the cooperative partnership between TeamViewer, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team and the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team, tune in to the Fireside Chat at the IAA Mobility 2021 where TeamViewer CEO Oliver Steil and Toto Wolff, CEO and Team Principal of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team, will be talking about the future of mobility (Wednesday, September 8, 9:15 h). The discussion will also be live-streamed on iaa.de/virtual.

Hendrik Witt, CPO at TeamViewer, will report on the importance of a connected workforce for enhanced corporate efficiency in his keynote speech entitled “Augmented Intelligence for a World that Works better” (Thursday, September 9, 9:30 h).