My latest Tech Tuesday feature fits a lot of important technology into a small package: driver earpieces. You’re probably familiar with the fact that Verizon IndyCar Series drivers wear earpieces in order to listen to team strategists, engineers and spotters during a race. But did you know, our earpieces also contain tiny sensors used to measure the G-forces in relation to the impact of a crash. The INDYCAR-manufactured system uses accelerometers as sensors for the vertical, lateral and longitudinal G-forces. Following a crash, the safety crew and engineers can extract the data to a black box (yes, like an airplane!) to examine and improve safety features for drivers.
While of course we’d rather stay way from incidents, it’s cool to know that even the smallest pieces of technology can make a big impact for IndyCar safety. To learn more about our earpieces, visit INDYCAR 101.
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