A look back at 2018, MAD Brain AutoPilot on the test bench

The grail for skippers, the Route du Rhum is also one of the key events for dozens of SMEs in the sector, including Madintec, which was able to validate the reliability and quality of its new MAD Brain AutoPilot. Madintec continues in 2019 with more and more development.

A rum-scented 2018

The year of the Route du Rhum is usually a busy one! This was confirmed for Madintec who worked on the finalisation of its MAD Brain AutoPilot steering solution. To do this, the in-house engineers worked with three teams: Macif in Ultime, Initiatives Cœur in Imoca and Arkema in Multi50. The objective: 100% reliability. This largely plausible ambition only makes sense in terms of the number of miles covered before the start line. For Madintec, the Route du Rhum means no less than 10,000 miles sailed beforehand by the various partners in training, but also in a race situation. Following the validation of the MAD Brain AutoPilot parameters, François Gabart, Samantha Davies and Lalou Roucayrol validated, in September, that this latest creation would be used as the main pilot during the Route du Rhum.

More than positive feedback

True to its reputation, the Route du Rhum was a tough race for both the skippers and their machines, including their electronics. At the end of the event, Madintec was able to assess the development and reliability of the MAD Brain AutoPilot. The feedback is unanimous, no problem is to be deplored, and this, at each level of the piloting chain composed of the MAD Brain AutoPilot, the MAD Controller and the MAD Interface. Despite two unfortunate retirements due to delamination (Samantha Davies) and capsizing (Lalou Roucayrol), the conclusions of each team did not indicate any malfunction of the components or the behaviour of the Madintec autopilot. It is clear that motorsport brings its share of satisfaction even in the face of misadventure.

Bravo4 in top form

In parallel with the finalisation and success of the MAD Brain AutoPilot, Madintec was also able to confirm that its Bravo4 navigation system is an indisputable link in the operation of the onboard electronics. Present on the Ultimate Sodebo (Thomas Coville), the Multi50 FenetreA (Erwan Le Roux) and the Imoca PRB (Vincent Riou), it has once again given full satisfaction (despite a loss of air for PRB and a problem with the connections for FenetreA, both of which are out of Madintec's control). Already validated by two round-the-world races with Sodebo and Macif, the Bravo4 system is once again proving its reliability, for the greater peace of mind of the skippers, teams and Madintec team.

Still in development!

Madintec engineers are never satisfied with resting on their laurels! The house style is rather to use these (good) bases to develop and improve the existing systems. The safety and confidence of skippers in their craft are paramount for Madintec. In particular, work is planned on management and fault tolerance based on aeronautical and automotive technologies which guarantee the operation of electronic systems even in the event of malfunctioning of the various sensors present. At the same time, work is already being carried out on the instrumentalisation of sailing boats to measure the forces exerted on the structures (foils, arms, mast) in order to avoid breakage, etc. A rich programme whose various phases will be regularly made official in 2019!


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