Formula 1 cars could feature accident analysis cameras from 2016

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Formula 1 cars could carry a high speed camera for the purpose of accident analysis from 2016.

The move, which has been proposed by the F1 Commission, will be discussed at the next meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, and could be introduced to the 2016 Sporting Regulations.

The proposed camera would be fitted to cars at all events, including races and during testing to assist the recording of accident data.

The investigation into Fernando Alonso’s testing accident last week has been made all the more challenging by the lack of any onboard footage – although this proposal was made ahead of the Spaniard’s accident on Sunday.

“For the purpose of accident analysis, each car must be fitted with a high speed camera which has been manufactured by the FIA designated supplier to a specification determined by the FIA,” the updated 2016 Technical Regulations released by the FIA read.

“This should be fitted to the car during each Event and all tests which are attended by more than one team, teams must use their best endeavours to ensure that it is in working order at all times.

“The camera must be fitted in accordance with the instructions of the FIA.”

Also up for discussion is a proposal for drivers to wear compulsory in-ear accelerometers, an instrument used to measure the acceleration of a moving or vibrating body, from 2016.

“For the purpose of accident analysis, each driver must wear in-ear accelerometers which have been manufactured by the FIA designated supplier to a specification determined by the FIA.

“These should be worn by the driver during each Event and all tests which are attended by more than one team, teams must use their best endeavours to ensure that they are in working order at all times.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

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