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F1's other key safety innovation flying under the radar
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F1's other key safety innovation flying under the radar

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The halo has been one of the major talking points of the off-season, but there's another new safety innovation on the scene that has escaped the negative publicity

Formula 1's relentless safety drive has prioritised head protection in recent years, with the controversial halo capturing most of the attention for its visual impact. Yet tucked away in a driver's hands is a device that could prove just as important, as biometric gloves are rolled out in F1 for 2018.

Inside each driver's gloves this year will be a 3mm-thick sensor and 23g device measuring vital signs that is capable of sending information over a 500-metre radius. The gloves are the brainchild of F1's deputy medical delegate Dr Ian Roberts and medical car driver Alan van der Merwe, co-founders of Signal Biometrics.

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