Get Ready For 360-Degree Views Of Formula One Action In 2018

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Photo: Getty Images

In addition to the ‘Halo’ driver safety cage, Formula One cars will have another new design element for the 2018 season; a golf ball-sized 360-degree camera. It would seem F1's new owners are interested in delivering a better fan experience, which is a fresh change from those who owned the sport prior. Additionally, the camera will allow for better perspectives to review when steward interaction is required.

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There is a 360-degree camera being added to next year’s car on top of the chassis, which will give a different perspective of things,” said Force India technical director Andrew Green. Working with F1 technology partner Tata, they’re currently running tests on two different 360-live video cameras. The goal is to see if the data transfer can handle live 360-degree video. The hope is that these video inserts can be popped into the race broadcast in real-time.

In the recent past, there has been a rush to introduce live 360-degree video in live action sports. Typically, this has been a challenge because the file size is quite large, and transferring from a car moving at 200 miles per hour has its own challenges. I, for one, certainly hope F1 can make it happen. It would be quite fun to get an all-around view of what it’s like in amongst the action.

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Funny since the fan experience has been against the introduction of the halo overwhelmingly. Will be pretty ghastly when we see this abominations unveiled for winter testing. At least we’ll get 360 degree shots of how awful they look from every angle finally.

But one thing to consider is that it works well in IndyCar because there is a lot of passing due to the spec chassis (and now spec bodywork). F1 is processional racing by and large with passing coming mostly via glorified DRS button presses and the opportunities for it will be far less than in a series like IndyCar.