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Fans of Formula One are set for a treat in 2018 as the cars racing through circuits around the world will feature 360-degree cameras. The fitment of 360-degree cameras is one of the new ways that F1 owners Liberty Media are trying to improve the series in a bid to enhance the enhance the viewing experience for fans.
F1 bosses have made the fitment of the 360-camera on the new cars mandatory for the 2018 season. The golf-ball shaped camera will be placed on top of the chassis and will sit in front of another new addition to F1 cars for 2018, the controversial halo safety system.
Force India technical director Andrew Green said, "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. That will be just in front of the Halo. It's very impressive."
The 360-degree camera has been already been trialled earlier this season by F1's technical technology partner Tata Communications, at the Singapore Grand Prix in September.
The Singapore GP test was done as F1 bosses were keen to see if there was scope to introduce the 360-degree cameras as part of the regular television feed. Tata meanwhile wanted to check its data transfer capabilities because live 360-degree feeds have proved challenging to introduce for sports because of the long delay before images can be processed.
The introduction of 360-degree cameras will allow viewers to get a full perspective of what goes on in the cockpit and the rest of the F1 car during a race. Whether or not it actually attracts fans to the sport is something we will have to wait for 2018 to find out.