The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way a lot of folks interact with the world around them, and that’s had a big impact on the racing world. Fans have often been forced to watch from home while some series either test everyone in its “bubble” religiously or hope that everyone will follow the honor system to report health issues. It’s been the same situation in IndyCar—but now Team Penske is utilizing its relationship with sponsor Hitachi to make the paddock just a little bit safer.
On Thursday, we had a chance to chat with Justin Bean, who focuses on marketing Hitachi Vantara’s smart spaces technology. Basically, smart spaces utilize video analytics and lidar to evaluate the ways people move within a space. So, as Bean noted, it has been used to great effect in stadiums to let people know where the shortest