Driver's Eye and the F1 Viewing Experience
Revolutionizing motorsport broadcasting with a firsthand racing perspective
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Today we’re talking about the unique camera angle you may have seen during F1 broadcasts known as ‘Driver’s Eye.’
This unique broadcast angle is changing how motorsports are being broadcast and have the potential for other applications.
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In recent years, on-screen graphics and camera angles in F1 have undergone significant advancements, providing fans with a highly immersive experience. The most powerful viewing tool to revolutionize the F1 world is the Driver's Eye Camera, a tiny 9mm x 9mm device installed in the padding of the driver's helmet. This innovation enables fans to witness the race from the driver's perspective, capturing thrilling, up-close footage that was once unimaginable.
You know that awesome helmet cam we got to see sporadically last year?
Well 'Driver's Eye' (the 8mm, 1.43g FIA approved camera) will be available to all drivers and helmet manufacturers on the 2023 F1 grid.
— Vincenzo Landino (@vincenzolandino)
Jan 23, 2023
Safety was the foremost priority in developing the Driver's Eye Camera to secure the support of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
Ensuring the camera and sensors fit comfortably in a confined space, the wider electronics connected seamlessly to the car through a slim cable integrated into the helmet. After numerous successful trials, the groundbreaking technology was finally introduced to the public.
F1 TV chiefs, Roberto Dalla and Dean Locke, were blown away by the first F1 footage captured using the Driver's Eye in the broadcast center. The exceptional quality of the visuals convinced them to immediately air the content, garnering an overwhelmingly positive response from viewers.
Since its inception, the Driver's Eye has become an integral component of F1's TV offerings. The camera has undergone various enhancements, such as fine-tuning its position for improved angles and stabilization while retaining its authentic feel. In 2023, the F1 Commission mandated its widespread implementation across the grid. Moreover, the camera's modular design permits adaptation for other sports, such as skiing.