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F1's other key safety innovation flying under the radar

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

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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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