Computers and Racing
Originally posted on WIBC.com on 09/08/2009:
Today, in this world of information and technology, every thing is controlled and processed through the help of computers. Computer technology has become an indispensable part of every day life.
And, there is hardly any room for surprise as we learn that computer technology is avidly being used in the racing.
Today in race cars, computer technology is widely used to enhance the performance in several manners.
Race car drivers today cannot live without complex telemetry. That is the science of fitting a whole smorgasbord of computerized sensors inside and outside the car.
Like nerve endings, these sensors pick up information ranging from vehicle performance variables to the driver’s habits as he zips down the track.
The sensors send the data wirelessly to the ‘brain’, a series of computer control centers – basically high performance standard PCs which only receive data from the car.
These brain centers store, read and analyze the terabytes of data that zoom in when the car is switched on and running, playing a big part in whether a race is won or lost.