postheadericon Formula 1 racers will start using biometric gloves

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This season, all Formula 1 riders will receive biometric racing gloves with a sensor measuring pulse and oxygen levels in the blood. Starting in 2019, the use of such gloves will be a prerequisite for participation in races.

According to the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the sensor width of about 3 mm will not interfere with the rider, but will be able to save his life in the event of an accident. In addition to the sensor, a self-powered chip is sewn into the fireproof glove in the palm or index finger, transmitting data via Bluetooth over a distance of 500 m. The weight of such a device is 30 grams. This information will help medical professionals in case of an emergency. Thanks to the sensor, they will know the condition of the driver, and will be able to take more balanced and effective actions to save him.

“We asked ourselves:“ How can we use the latest technology to help the medical team and riders? ”As a result, a gauge for racer gloves was developed. He will record and transfer vital signs to the medical car when it approaches the scene of the accident. If doctors know in advance that the driver is moving and breathing, they will be able to make other decisions. For example, it will become clear whether it is necessary to provide access to the rider at any cost as quickly as possible or you can do it more carefully, ”commented the innovation of the head of the FIA safety commission Laurent Meckis.

Data from the gloves will be available not only to doctors. He explains to van der Merwe: “We will give access to the teams – in the first year they will be able to download information after the session, and in the future we want to install a system on each machine that allows the teams to track the riders’ pulse in real time.”

Business will not be limited to biometric gloves alone – there are already plans to introduce respiration rate and temperature sensors. This information will be useful not only for doctors, but also for teams that will be able to evaluate the performance of pilots.

“Respiratory rate gives a good idea of the health status of the rider and the level of stress,” explains Roberts. – In addition, it is no secret that the temperature of the body affects the effectiveness of its actions. We already track two parameters, but we plan to track even more. ”

It is expected that the temperature sensors and respiratory rate will be attached to the body of the racers, they are planned to be tested in 2018.

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