5G promises faster speeds, so what better place to use it than at a racetrack? Ahead of the 2019 Indianapolis 500, Team Penske used Verizon’s 5G network to send data from race cars on the track to the pit wall in order to fine-tune car setups. Penske driver Simon Pagenaud won the legendary race, bringing the team’s win tally to 18 — a number unmatched in Indy 500 history.
Most race teams use wireless networks to pull vast amounts of data from cars on the track. That data is used to monitor the health of the car, find areas where performance can be improved, or to highlight drivers’ mistakes. Drivers may be alone in the cockpit of an IndyCar, but data connections allow the team to digitally look over their shoulders.