How Formula One Racing Can Help Save Infants

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Peter van Manen is the director of McLaren Electronics, a company that makes data systems for numerous major race series around the world. The cars send back huge amounts of data each race on the conditions of whatever car they're inside of. And that spurred an idea: Why can't they do the same with children?


In a thought provoking TED talk, van Manen describes the processes by which F1 telemetry can be used to help save children. Basically, the way they monitor a race car on track can be transferred to children in distress in an ambulance, giving hospitals an idea of how they can help.

The telemetry might also be able to help predict cardiac arrest. It's really fascinating. Check out the talk below.


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