Through the eyes of a Formula 1 driver

Tobii Pro Glasses 2 Sports science Human performance technology

Nico Hülkenberg is first to wear eye tracking glasses, revealing his visual attention and quick reaction times while driving a Formula 1 car. Tobii Pro Glasses 2 enabled the first true insight into what a Formula 1 driver actually sees.

Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg is one of the world's most talented motor sports drivers and is currently working with the Sahara Force India team. With the purpose of exploring his reaction times and visual reference points while in a Formula 1 car, he was equipped with Pro Glasses 2 while driving at Silverstone Circuit in the U.K. 

Using eye tracking, we see that the view of the Formula 1 driver is obstructed by the front wheels and Hülkenberg is forced to make decisions using limited visual information. His focus of attention is on the road, curves, and apex lines. He only uses his peripheral view to get information from the rev counter on the steering wheel.

"I am very excited to see another great example of how our wearable eye tracking glasses can study athletes' performance while they practice their sport,” Tom Englund, President of Tobii Pro. “Eye tracking is a very valuable research tool to make an athlete aware of their own behavior and to help them improve their performance. A coach or sports psychologist can see the world live through the subject's eyes, watch their gaze trail, and replay it for further analysis."

Eye tracking helps improve human performance

Pro Glasses 2 has been used for sports research in many different fields including skiing, tennis, surfing, basketball, and soccer in order to study human performance, compare novice reactions to experts’, and evaluate cognitive strategies. For more examples of how eye tracking is used in sport research please click here.  

How it works

Tobii Pro's lightweight wearable eye tracking glasses enables athletes to perform their sport with as little interference as possible while tracking their eye movements. Through a scene camera, infrared illuminators, and four cameras taking up to 100 pictures per second, data is collected and processed in the recording unit. The recording can be viewed in real time, replayed directly, or exported for deeper analysis.

About Tobii Pro

Tobii Pro, part of the Tobii Group, is the leading provider of eye tracking research solutions and services designed to deepen the understanding of human behavior. Through eye tracking insights, business and science professionals are enabled to drive change and further their research. The solutions are used in a wide range of fields, from shopper research and usability testing, to psychology and vision research. Tobii Pro has over 3,000 commercial enterprises and 2,000 academic institutions among our clients, including Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Ipsos, GfK, and all 50 of the world's top-rated universities.