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Formula One, Digital Catapult to explore 5G solutions

Project intens to test emerging technologies to analyse how fans engage with the sport, both at the track and at home

Formula One and Digital Catapult are working together to look at how 5G can enhance the viewing experience for fans both at the track and watching at home.

The project is part of 5PRING, the UK’s first 5G commercial application accelerator based in Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

Formula 1 intends to test emerging technologies and assess the value from Digital Catapult’s 5G lab to help it analyse how fans engage with the sport.

Pete Samara, director of strategic technical ventures at Formula 1, said: “F1 is thrilled to be exploring with the startups and scaleups focused in this area, knowing that 5G is a technology that will transform and hugely impact event experiences globally.”

The 5PRING Live Events programme, which kicks off this month, brings together startups, scaleups and industry experts to develop innovations in the events sector using 5G.

“The 5PRING is firing on all cylinders to unlock 5G’s potential,” said Jeremy Silver, Digital Catapult CEO. “It’s brilliant to welcome Formula One on board to explore how 5G can help to elevate the experiences of auto racing fans.”