Formula One Is The Testing Ground For Future Vehicle Technology
Auto racing and vehicle manufactuers have always had a close relationship. In today’s world though that statement could not be any more true. With the ever so changing of electronic technology, auto racing, especially Formula One, has been very important as far as being the testing ground for the future of vehicle technology.
One of those future innovations that Formula One and smart car technology have in common is with E.C.U.’s. E.C.U. stands for electronic control unit. It is a small black box that fits in the palm of the hand and is made by McLaren Applied Technologies. The electronic control unit that is being used in Formula One cars are used to collect data and also to control the engine performance and the electronic systems. Smart cars and their builders are hoping to take this same technology and make it the future of smart cars and smart vehicles. The same makers who have a stake in Formula One are able to take their data and apply it to their new cars which in turn is a win-win situation.
E.C.U.’s have become an integral part of Formula One. The International Automobile Federation, who is the governing body of Formula One, use the electronic control systems in order to place restrictions and regulations on Formula One vehicles. The future of smart and electronic vehicles will see the same thing coming to the software and the electronic components of those vehicles. This is a sheer example of how Formula One has become the testing ground for the future of vehicle technology.