IndyCars will soon stream racecar telemetry straight to your home (Update)

UPDATE Interesting read, but we seem to remember that Player’s Racing had live telemetry on their web site with steering, throttle, brake, gear, lateral g’s, longitudinal g’s, speed and RPM back in the late 1990’s. CART and then Champ Car had it on their web site as well. CART had it with the Quokka site and Champ Car had it as well. Granted, the Cosworth Live On Air system is using updated technology, but what they are doing isn’t new, it’s just a new way of doing it. More recently, NASCAR offers some of this data with their SportVision delivered experience and Verizon (you know, the sponsors of the INDYCAR Series), has telemetry (speed, RPM, Gear, Brake, Throttle, Steering) in their mobile app. Of course we don’t know what Cosworth is offering in terms of presenting it to fans new and exciting ways, so maybe this is news.

04/27/14 Cosworth, the well-known auto performance group, is making a public return to the IndyCar car racing series (OK, it's always been around in the shadows). The company just unveiled its Cosworth Live on Air system, which puts portable WiMAX in each car, potentially offering spectators trackside and at home live feeds of interesting data. Most – if not all – of this info is already available to race scrutineers via the Cosworth equipment built into all the cars, but the Cosworth Live on Air system should see that data presented to fans in new and never-before-seen ways.

In general, data like steering angle, fuel consumption, fuel level, tire pressures, speed and temperatures are all things racing fans drool over. For example, we'd love the ability to flip between our favorite drivers and make sure everything is running smoothly and razz our buddies who haplessly cheer for the wrong driver and team via twitter. We've still not heard the nitty-gritty on how this data will be presented but are nonetheless stoked to see Cosworth and IndyCar once again showing Formula 1 how to make racing accessible and fun for all.

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