Landie uses tech mus­cle to build a bet­ter boat

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — Wheels Reporter.

LAND Rover used its big data pro­cess­ing power and ma­chine learn­ing ex­per­tise to help co-engi­neer the fastest boat in Amer­ica’s Cup his­tory and bring the world’s old­est sport­ing tro­phy to the UK for the first time.

Land Rover en­gi­neers used ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to ex­plore and find pat­terns in sail­ing per­for­mance data to help “make the boat go faster”.

When test­ing, the sail­ing team re­ceive over 16 GB of un­com­pressed data per day from sen­sors on the boat.

The abil­ity to process and make sense of this vol­ume of data is un­prece­dented in sail­ing. Some­thing that would have taken weeks can now be achieved in­stan­ta­neously thanks to Land Rover’s com­put­ing power and real-time anal­y­sis.

“The power of in­tel­li­gent ma­chines is a vi­tal area where Land Rover’s re­search and de­vel­op­ment di­vi­sion is adding con­sid­er­able strength to Land Rover BAR’s challenge to win the Amer­ica’s Cup,” says Sir Ben Ainslie, Land Rover BAR team prin­ci­pal and skip­per.

“The 34th Amer­ica’s Cup showed just how im­por­tant it is to maintain sta­ble flight on the foils through th­ese ma­noeu­vres.

“Land Rover is help­ing us un­der­stand what makes the dif­fer­ence be­tween stay­ing air­borne and crash­ing back into the waves. We know races can be won or lost by a mat­ter of sec­onds and this is where Land Rover’s AI could prove the dif­fer­ence.”

Ma­chine learn­ing evolved from the study of pat­tern recog­ni­tion and com­pu­ta­tional learn­ing the­ory in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI).

Sail­ing is a per­fect ap­pli­ca­tion for th­ese tech­nolo­gies be­cause there are many vari­ables — mainly the wind.

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