Lamborghini announced new telemetry features that allow supercar owners to better keep track of their very fast vehicles — and themselves.
The automaker unveiled Telemetry X, its new real-time performance and biometric data-tracking system, at CES in Las Vegas. The system consists of several features, including Remote Garage, Biometric Data, and Digital Co-Pilot, aimed at letting wealthy supercar owners keep better track of their laps.
Remote Garage is basically a remote coaching feature, enabling a 5G cellular connection to send real-time footage, images, and data to a coach “anywhere in the world” who can give tips to improve your track time. I can see this being helpful to racing amateurs who see their supercars as more than just expensive toys. Lamborghini sees it as “ensuring fun driving based on a user-friendly approach.”
If you’d rather keep track of your own blood pressure, Lamborghini is also introducing Biometric Data System, which captures the driver’s biometric data, “including heart rate and stress level, to allow more in-depth performance monitoring and provide useful references on how they can refine their training.”
The biometric data is gathered through a prototype wearable device, a Lamborghini spokesperson said. “The wearable device helps explore the different possibilities of bio-metric sensors and data streaming technology to anticipate what could be possible in the future,” he added.
Some racecar drivers have been known to monitor their physical performance when they race around the track. They use biometric devices to map heart rate, body temperature, oxygen levels, stress, and fatigue. The world’s fastest cars can also be incredible stressful to handle, especially at neck-snapping speeds. The downforce alone can top 1,000lbs, making it a feat of strength to navigate a vehicle as fast as a Lamborghini Huracan around the track.
Race and driver data are sent to the vehicle’s Digital Co-Pilot, which the company describes as a “proactive voice assistant.” (Props to Lamborghini for not saying anything about AI in its release, despite obvious temptation.)
“For example, the Digital Co-Pilot analyzes lap times and provides useful pointers for improving racing lines and braking points, as well as information on the performance of the car on the track,” the company says.
Lamborghini first introduced its telemetry feature with the Huracán STO in 2020. Drivers could track their stats using the company’s Unica mobile app.
People already let their smartwatches monitor their heart beat and blood oxygen levels, so there’s no reason to think they would object to letting their sports car do the same. Especially when you consider the Venn diagram of people who own Apple Watches and people who own Lamborghinis is probably just a circle.