Race fans change the tires on Simon Pagenaud’s IndyCar with this augmented reality experience


What is an IndyCar pit stop really like? Mayhem? Organized chaos? Or maybe the moment just hums along like a well-oiled machine? This weekend, DXC offered DXC Technology 600 guests at Texas Motor Speedway a chance to find out by recreating an actual IndyCar pit stop training experience through augmented reality technology and Microsoft’s HoloLens AR glasses.

The AR experience tasked race fans with changing a tire attached to Simon Pagenaud’s Team Penske race car, of which DXC is a primary sponsor. Guests in DXC’s suite at the speedway gave it a try, running through an eight-step augmented reality demo to learn the basics of a pit stop tire change. The demo showed guests what was required for their task and also pointed out other pieces of the process handled by other members of the virtual pit crew that impacted their ability to perform. For example, a sign placed in front of the car alerts the driver to the optimum stopping location. Then a 450-psi jack is inserted into the rear of the car, lifting it five inches off the ground in about a quarter of a second. Next, the virtual pit crew is pressed into action to quickly remove the rear left tire and replace it. After each step, an “air tap” gesture (basically pawing at the air) is used to move to the next step.

The training also taught guests how to use a wheel gun to remove the lug nut before hauling the tire away from the car – reminding them to hang on to the lug nut because it has to be in the wheel gun before the tire goes back on.

Once they finish the tire, another air tap gesture is made and the air jack is removed from the back of the car. “Simon” speeds away from the pit area. This is just one example of the many ways augmented reality tools can be used for training and support tasks that require additional knowledge, or combined with other technologies to bring real business value. AR could change the way technicians and field staff learn new skills, repair equipment and maintain assets. Many industries are taking advantage of AR technology to help seasoned professionals see and feel how to handle changes to what they have been doing. It can also be incorporated with live, two-way communication to help technicians who may be “stuck” during a repair or assembly and need expert assistance.

Smart worker solutions can use the various forms of smart glasses, tablets and wearable technology involved in AR to help employees accomplish complex tasks more accurately and safely, reduce rework, minimize production outages and increase productivity.

Linda Laer is a Content Marketing and Communications manager for DXC, focused on bringing new perspectives and thought leadership to DXC offering and industry families. Linda has previously served in multiple roles, including product management, event marketing and account management.

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