We have heard of the autonomous technology used in the automobile world, but how does it help athletes in winning gold at the Olympics?
BMW autonomous driving tech has helped the USA swimming team win gold at the Rio Olympics. Athletes work hard for hours every day to reduce their timings and compete for gold, so every advantage helps.
The technology which is customised for this programme is adapted from the LED lighting system that the BMW uses on its autonomous-driving vehicles. LED's are attached to a swimmer's wrists, ankles, knees, and toes using a 3D printed mounts.
Under the water, a camera uses motion-tracking technology to help break-down the swimmer's movements. This technology is used in vehicles to detect any moving objects and obstacles.
BMW has used the technology in the previous Olympics event in 2012 at the Beijing using an older technology. The current technology is for more accurate and detailed than the previous tech. The current technology is less intrusive and does not interrupt the technique of the swimmer.
BMW's autonomous car, i-Next to hit the road in 2021, they are collaborating with Intel and Mobileye are working together to bring the car to the road.