The ABB Formula E Championship has provided further details about its innovative new ‘Driver’s Eye' camera that debuted during the Santiago E-Prix.

Formula E says the “pioneering” camera technology, which is mounted on the protective padding inside the lining of drivers helmets, will provide fans with a unique insight from behind the visor during race and "push the boundaries" of what is possible in sports broadcasting.

The FIA homologated device was used for the first time during live coverage of last weekend’s Santiago E-Prix in Chile, marking a world's first across any FIA sanctioned single-seater championship. 

According to Formula E, the FIA and teams undertook “many months" of research to fine-tune the device, which is 8 millimetres in diameter and weighs just 2.5 grams.

After a successful introduction, Formula E has confirmed it will continue to use the ‘Driver’s Eye’ camera at the next round at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on February 15.

Speaking about the camera technology, Formula E digital head Sebastian Tiffert said: "When you speak to Formula E drivers, the first thing they highlight is the thrill and challenge of driving on city circuits.

“Driver’s Eye provides a new perspective from inside the helmet in live race conditions, showing the skill it takes to thread the car between the walls while processing data and communicating with the team at speed.

“Driver’s Eye adds a unique dimension to the viewing experience and the innovative camera technology immerses fans in wheel-to-wheel racing.

“We are delighted to bring our fans closer to the drivers’ sensory experience and their engagement with Driver’s Eye content across social media demonstrates the value of innovations core to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”

Venturi’s Felipe Massa, who was one of the drivers who trialed the camera in Santiago, praised the innovation, adding: "I think it is cool how Driver’s Eye shows fans exactly what I am seeing during a race in real time.

“It gives the viewers insight into the tight and challenging city-centre circuits that we race on in Formula E and it demonstrates what drivers need to manage and control over the course of a race.

"I like technology like this, that brings fans even closer to the action. Driver’s Eye is a great way to show the work that goes on behind the wheel."

Similar HD 'Visor Cams' have been used in IndyCar in recent years. 

 

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