[CES] Formula 1 Team, Intel Demonstrate WiMAX-controlled Car Race

Jan 10, 2008
Kouji Kariatsumari, Nikkei Electronics
"Pit Lane Park," where visitors can see a demonstration of a running F1 car
"Pit Lane Park," where visitors can see a demonstration of a running F1 car
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The BMW Sauber F1 Team, a Formula 1 (F1) motor sport team, has set up "Pit Lane Park," a hands-on facility that reproduces an F1 pit lane, in the parking lot at the 2008 International CES. Visitors can see a demonstration of a running F1 car and experience a pit stop at this facility.

With a small circuit set up for WiMAX-based radio control cars in a corner of the facility, visitors can also enjoy races using two WiMAX cars equipped with cameras. Specifically, visitors remote-control these WiMAX cars from Intel Corp's booth inside the CES exhibition building, which locates hundreds of meters away.

Visitors can drive the WiMAX cars watching video transmitted from the cars on a notebook PC screen, sitting in driver's seats copying that of an F1 car at Intel's booth. Intel said it intends to highlight WiMAX's coverage area, which is larger than that of existing wireless LAN, through this demonstration.

2008 International CES Special Site

The F1 machine before demonstration drive
The F1 machine before demonstration drive
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Visitors can experience tire exchange
Visitors can experience tire exchange
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The circuit for WiMAX cars
The circuit for WiMAX cars
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Intel's booth inside the exhibition building
Intel's booth inside the exhibition building
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