The FIA Formula E Championship is trialling new safety belt sensor technology for future races that could result in the scrapping of the minimum pitstop times during races.
The system, developed by the FIA, will see strain-gauge sensors on the belts measure the correct tightness and positioning when a car change is made.
This is set to be tested in Beijing this weekend, before a decision is taken on when it will be mandated.
Motorsport.com understands that at least three teams – Renault e.DAMS, Andretti and Team Aguri – have already tested the new technology, and that the first race where the new system could be used is likely to be the Buenos Aires ePrix in February.
Human Telemetry revealed
In another innovative move, the FIA Formula E Championship is introducing ‘Human Telemetry’ belts for drivers to wear under their race suits this weekend.
Formula E Holdings has introduced the Human telemetry element to show live parameters such as heart beat from the drivers and also some team members.
All drivers will have to mandatory wear the sensor belt when requested by the promoter.