McLaren Applied


From connected mobility to wearable devices, 2017 promises to be a break-through year for technology which truly improves people’s lives.

At McLaren Applied, we’re on a relentless mission to improve people’s lives by combining fresh thinking and technology to solve crucial challenges as across industry, from health to intelligent mobility.

We asked our people at McLaren Applied to share which developments in technology they think will really improve people’s lives in 2017.

Duncan Bradley
Design director

I’m looking forward to the next generation of intelligent products in 2017.

Advanced data science and next level design thinking will lead to smart, desirable products that will deliver better experiences for our diverse lifestyles.

These products will also make caring for ourselves more personalised and will be seamlessly integrated with our technologies. 

Adam Hill
Chief medical officer

Working in health, I see first-hand the technological developments which can make a real difference to people’s lives.

I see 2017 as the year the implementation of data science techniques start to drive real-time insight beyond reporting and monitoring.

This year, I expect to see real world use cases of closed-loop, adaptive control managing chronic conditions, using evaluation and modelling in life science process optimisation.

I also hope to see development of edge computing power, a faster form of data processing, to accelerate intelligent decision making in bandwidth constrained settings such as wearables collecting your heart rate data in your own home.

Jake Conway
Head of electronic systems

I believe the development of low power intelligent electronics will continue to develop throughout 2017, allowing instrumentation and intelligent operation of many more everyday devices such as washing machines which have often been considered as 'passive' in the past.


Caroline Hargrove
Technical director

Just as artificial intelligence and machine learning transformed how we use and interact with many ‘intelligent’ apps and products, but require a lot of data to learn from, the next wave of data-driven innovations will be fuelled by clever simulations as well as data analytics, giving us more accurate ‘predictive’ solutions. 

Paul Bebbington
Director of public transport

I'm looking forward to seeing how our journeys across all forms of transport improve through intelligent mobility.  From the journey itself, to the ticketing systems, and even the experience of working, shopping or being entertained while travelling. I hope to see improvements across every area of transport.

The net goal will be to reduce disruption and make travelling more enjoyable. 

Andy Walker
Commercial & strategic partnerships director

2017 should see the emergence of intelligent products which react to sensor inputs and change their operation as a result.

This both excites me and raises lots of questions. Currently, products collect data to inform the user, but don’t react to it. This is the year I see products collecting and responding to data automatically, without requiring human intervention.

Such products will work better for us without any active adjustment, ultimately improving our lives.

By 2020, our devices may well be predicting what we need before we even know we want it – but it remains to be seen how such products will be accepted by consumers and the design strategies that will be needed to overcome any concerns.

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