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9 days ago
By Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aprilia introduce augmented reality to the paddock at Misano

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini mechanics to use DAQRI Smart Helmet to accelerate bike repair

Aprilia Racing have commissioned Realmore to develop a software application to be utilised on an augmented reality wearable device, DAQRI Smart Helmet, in order to visualize AR content that helps the mechanics during the preparation and maintenance of racing bikes, and the technology will be put into practice for the first time during the San Marino GP at Misano World Circuit.

With AR, Aprilia mechanics are able to visualise content related to the motorbike and infographics that respond to user control in real time. The mechanics can interact with models of pinout connectors and see the wiring capabilities by looking at each connector individually. This feature involves speeding up the cable connection activity and virtually zeroing the risk of error by the mechanics.

Through a 3D hologram of the entire racing bike, the mechanics will then be able to see in real time the telemetric data of the temperature of water, oil and tires at the point where they will be most useful. They will also be able to make a checklist of the wear on some parts of the bike and evaluate when to replace them.

Remote Expert allows the chief engineer to communicate remotely with the mechanics by displaying overlay on the helmet screen strategic information such as the type of tires to be mounted, the kilograms of petrol to be in the tank or the lap number of the exit.

Using DAQRI’s Thermal Camera, you can scan the motorbike and receive information about the temperature of the oil and the water in the radiator, and check for any anomalies.

The collaboration between Realmore and Aprilia Racing has found a natural home in MotoGP™, where the latest innovations, excellence and technological developments are always on display. The choice to take advantage of AR technology, still little used in this environment and little known as smart assistance application, has quickly become a winning and wide-sighted one - a choice proven by the enthusiastic welcome of Aprilia Racing Team Gresini.