Landie uses tech muscle to build a better boat
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.