Formula One’s Newest Safety Feature — Active Windscreen Revealed

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Formula One is focusing on improving the safety standards of its cars, as a result the halo concept emerged. And this concept is speculated to be implemented from 2018. Amidst all this, a new type of cockpit safety device called as 'Active Windscreen' has been revealed.

The thinktank behind this new idea is former Williams and Ferrari engineer Enrique Scalabroni, this idea was presented to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and Reb Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner at Italian Grand Prix. While the Halo concept is still uncertain to get FIA's approval, as the system has its own downside.

Scalabroni has been working on this new system which will only deploy if the car is involved in an incident. He has been working on it since 2009 and he feels, now the system is ready to move to next stage.

The new Windscreen system can activated in two ways, manually by driver at the time of accident or automatically by means of sensors fitted in the car. The system also gets a hood for driver helmet protection from debris which may hit from any direction, the hood can be retracted manually.

But this idea from Scalabroni faces a serious issue of funding, and till now there has been no progress in this matter. Scalabroni said that there are no proper resources with him to continue the development of this system.

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Story first published: Friday, September 16, 2016, 11:26 [IST]
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