Formula 1 are set to introduce new biometric gloves from the start of the 2018 season in order to understand the physical condition of a driver after accidents, reports motosport.com.
The new technology could see a 3mm thick sensor stitched inside every driver's gloves from the next season. This should help the medical personnel capture details such as pulse rate and oxygen levels in the blood, which are the two parameters essentialin the event of an accident.
Report claims that Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers had tested the technology during the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix drivers. Global Institute for Motor Sport Safety have supported the project.
The system which is currently in place will not capture the data immediately after any incidents. In addition to this, the equipments available now re bulky and the new system will help them measure the vital data right away from the incident. FIA Deputy Medical Delegate Dr Ian Roberts has explained how this can be benefitial in improving medical care for the drivers.
"We know that the monitoring of people is essential in terms of their medical care," Roberts told FIA's AUTO magazine, as quoted by motorsport.com.
"Drivers in incidents are no different. We would like to start monitoring and assessing them as soon as we possibly can. But the equipment that we currently use is relatively bulky and is only applied after the incident has happened."
"There are also times when the driver isn't immediately accessible to us, so if we can't see him or we're not actually next to him, there's limited information that we can get."
"Accurate monitoring was impossible until we got hands-on, and obviously we couldn't do that until the barriers were moved. If we had monitoring on him straight away we could have planned our rescue even better than we did."
"With this new technology, the moment a driver has an incident we will receive physiological readings and biometrics, so he is continually monitored from point zero right through to the initial response and on to the medical centre."