Google working with NASCAR to test new high-speed wireless technology

Google's wireless broadband team has a new target market: NASCAR racecars.

The company is seeking permission from the FCC for an experimental radio license to test "the transmission of broadband data from racecars to transportable/fixed base stations located at racetrack facilities."

It's all happening this summer at four events in NASCAR-loving locales like Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The application, filed with the FCC on Friday, is highly redacted and provides only limited details about the plans. There's scant technical info about the type of wireless technology to be used, other than the fact that it will involve a frequency between 3400 MHz and 3600 MHz.

Racecar drivers might make for good guinea pigs to test out high speed data and communications services. Or the technology could also potentially be used to track vital car functions, like tire pressure or engine temperature. Of course, Google is also developing self-driving cars so such an experiment could potentially be useful to understand wireless transmissions at high speeds.

Here's the schedule for the upcoming Google NASCAR tests, per the filing:

June 10-20: Michigan International Speedway
August 11-21: Bristol Motor Speedway
August 26-September 5: Darlington Raceway
September 1-11: Richmond International Speedway Business Insider

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