May sound like a cool gadget to lay your hands on, but the Aprilia augmented reality MotoGP helmet is for the team's pit crew. The helmet would help mechanics prepare and maintain the MotoGP bikes.
The helmet was put to use for the first time during the San Marino MotoGP at the Misano World Circuit in Italy, that took place on September 8 to 10.
Aprilia Racing commissions Realmore to take care of the software, while DAQRI was in charge of the hardware. With the new augmented reality helmet, Aprilia Racing mechanics were able to visualise content related to the motorcycle.
The helmet enabled mechanics to interact with models of pinout connectors and see the wiring up close, at individual connectors. This helps speed up the cable connection process and reduce human errors.
The mechanics were able to see a 3D hologram of the racing bike, along with real time telemetric data on the temperature of the oil, water, and tyres. The helmet allowed the pit crew to make a checklist of wear on parts and evaluate when they need replacement.
The Aprilia augmented reality helmet also allowed the chief engineer to remotely communicate with the mechanics by displaying an overlay on the helmet screen strategic information such as the type of tyres and the amount of fuel needed. Cool, right?
With technology playing a crucial role in the world of motorsports, augmented reality helmets like the one Aprilia Racing used can save a lot of time while ensuring all components are working to their fullest efficiency that helps win races.