The governing body for numerous auto racing events around the world, Fédération Internationale de l’ Automobile (FIA) has announced a new partnership with a German multinational conglomerate, Siemens.
The FIA has accepted alternatives from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio as part of this arrangement to assist its sustainability efforts throughout all of its championships, including Formula 1.
The Siemens Xcelerator asset allocation will facilitate the FIA to develop vehicles and regulatory requirements that decrease energy use and emissions which will be a huge help to FIA to achieve its sustainability goals.
The use of Siemens Xcelerator allows for remote operation, resulting in a lower environmental impact due to less travel. Implementation of this environmentally friendly software is in line with the FIA’s Environmental Strategy 2020-2030 and will contribute to the Federation’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2030.
Mohammed Ben Sulayem, FIA President, said, “As innovation and sustainability are two of the most important guiding principles of the FIA, we are pleased to welcome Siemens as an official supplier and to adopt their sustainable software solutions across our work on Formula 1 and other motorsport activities. Innovative collaborations such as this underline our commitment to becoming net zero carbon by 2030 and show how motorsport can be part of the solution to the challenges we face.”
Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Digital Industries, commented, “Motorsport and sustainability sound like a contradiction. But it can be done using the right technologies. If motorsport achieves carbon neutrality, any industry can. With this collaboration, we plan to influence public perceptions and promote sustainable mobility. We are delighted to be selected as an official supplier to help the FIA meet its sustainability goals.”
This new program builds upon previous partnerships and initiatives at the FIA that have been driving digital transformation and utilising Siemens’ knowledge and experience and innovation to greatly boost urban mobility, security, efficiency, availability, connectivity, and reliability.
The FIA and Siemens collaborated in 2019 to enhance rally safety by investigating how automated vehicle-pedestrian detection techniques could be used to categorise risky rally spectator locations. Siemens assisted FIA Member Clubs in 2020 in providing an evidence-based approach to advocating for the application of mobility policies.