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I, Robot: Ducati brings artificial intelligence to MotoGP

Thanks to Accenture, 100 sensors on the Desmosedici bikes will help engineers streamline the search for the best race settings

MotoGP: I, Robot: Ducati brings artificial intelligence to MotoGP

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Thanks to 100 Internet of Things' sensors built into the Ducati bikes and the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning, engineers will be able to count on a wealth of data obtained during testing on the track in real time that will then be a concrete advantage in the race.
This is the latest frontier in development that the Borgo Panigale based manufacturer will have available this year, thanks to the new intelligent testing method, equipped with an analytics engine that was custom made in the Accenture laboratories in collaboration with Ducati Corse.
By using machine learning, a greater amount of data can be processed and developed, which translates into several configurations available for the tests with increasingly more precise performance predictions.
"The possibility of using both the data from previous tests and new data will help us choose the optimum setup for our bikes - explained Gigi DallIgna, General Manager for Ducati Corse - This innovative tool will make our tests a more intelligent process, helping us to achieve the best possible performance, no matter what the weather or circuit conditions are."
"By simulating and monitoring the bike's performance in a wide range of weather and track conditions, we have been able to make it so that the built-in machine learning applicatino with the IoT data sensors reduce times, costs and the efforts required by traditional track testing to a minimum", explained Marco Vernocchi, from Accenture Analytics, Accenture Digital division.
The announcement of collaboration between Accenture and Ducati Corse was made at the opening of the Mobile World Congress. In the Accenture stand at the exhibit in Barcellona, visitors will be able to see a technological demonstration with a Ducati Desmosedici GP replica.
At the end of the Spanish show, the project designed for Ducati will be available at the Delivery Acceleration Center (DAC) in Rome.
With more data available, including engine operationg parameters, speed, rpm and tyre and brake temperatures, Ducati engineers will be able to save not only time, but also money and resources, with the possibility of creating, test after test, more intelligent bikes.

Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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