Microsoft and Toyota Team Up for Improved Racing Performance

The two companies rolled out their Trackside Windows 8 app

We’ve already told you that Toyota and Microsoft had partnered to create a Windows 8 application, but the two companies are now ready to use the software in real life.

The Trackside app is being used on a Surface Pro to collect performance data in real time and to share stats with both the crew and the driver.

This would allow engineers to fine-tune the car for enhanced performance, Microsoft said in a press statement.

“Trackside running on Surface Pro means more time is spent on the track and less time is spent talking,” said Steve Wickham, TRD’s vice president of chassis operations.

“Teams are back on the track faster, allowing them more time to determine the optimum setup for the race car. Our mission is to take advantage of the latest innovation in technology to quickly get better data — which translates into faster cars on the track.”

More information on the Trackside app development, but also on TRD’s own view on Windows 8 can be found in our interview with the team available here.

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