Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice president of the team HRC started with the following argument: “To begin, I would like to declare that we believe that it is very important to talk about the facts, and not assumptions. A fact is a fact, and before him there is only one interpretation. The assumptions can be interpreted in different ways, depending on which side you are on”. And when talking about facts, and not assumptions, or interpretations, telemetry is the only one that can bring conclusive data in this respect. Hard data on incidents as experienced between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, to unravel accidents as mysterious as that suffered by Fernando Alonso at turn 3 at the Circuit de Catalunya, or even claims in which we are involved in the street with our particular car.
telemetry has spoken: according to Honda, the brake Marquez suffered an impact that fits with the movement of the leg from Rossi.
The theory put forward by the defenders of Valentino Rossi was going by the fact that motorcycle Marc Marquez is already destabilized at the moment in which the leg of Valentino is shifted from the stirrup. Honda – the hand of a self-interview with Nakamoto – recognizes that Marquez was trying to lift the bike before the impact, but also that the data telemetry of your motorcycle registered a sudden impact on the front brake which locked the front wheel and precipitated the Spanish-against the floor. Not supported discussion that Rossi opened the path in the curve, before that occurred the famous kick, to annoy Marquez. Fact admitted by the own Valentino after the race.
Honda ensures that in their power are all the data of the telemetry, and to anyone who requests it may have access to them, whether it be Dorna, the FIM, or the media.
The telemetry of a car acquires a volume of data so high in a Grand Prix that would be comparable to 400 books on the size of the Bible or Don Quixote of the Mancha.
Continuing with the importance of telemetry in competition, let’s look at the example of Formula 1. The ecu of a car, modern is able to control more than 1,000 different parameters, so that in a Grand Prix any, in which travel about 300 kilometers, a Formula 1 records 1.5 gigabytes of data. It may seem an insignificant amount in a time in which we use audio-visual media that require a lot of space, since all of them would fit on a flash drive either. But to understand the amount of data that is supposed to store 1.5 gigabytes might be more interesting to remember that it is comparable to close to the data stored in 400 books of the size of the Bible or Don Quixote of the Mancha.
The telemetry is a further example of technology transfer between racing and products of the street. The telemetry is essential in a Formula 1 car, to study its improvement, to identify problems, or even to unravel accidents. That same technology is present in all our cars, though obviously with a level of sophistication lower, and a volume of data more content. It is the technology that, for example, it uses any workshop to repair a breakdown. The first step, before you take out the wrench and start to loosen nuts, passes through to connect to the ecu of the car to a computer that is responsible for analyzing the errors that has registered the exchange. And on the basis of these, diagnosed the problem and proceed to its resolution.
This same telemetry will be the some day will get to unravel virtually any accident that we suffer. And also the one that generates more fears, both can be crucial to find the culprit of a loss, or even for the insurer to waive its responsibility (for clauses such as the accidents involving excessive speed). Also the most concern to drivers when thinking about privacy, and in the picture every time we get closer, the car connected, and a fleet of cars that are permanently connected to each other.