Stanford has taken to playing with vintage Porsche racers as part of the institution's research on the interaction between driver and vehicle. By swaddling a 1960 Porsche Abarth Carrera in GPS antennae, motion sensors and laser measuring equipment to monitor the vehicle's suspension geometry, distance from the road surface and well as the position of the steering wheel, Stanford scientists are collecting a massive amount of data about how a non-computer assisted vehicle handles at the edge of control. The hope is that the data will be helpful in future efforts to better engineer traction control systems.

In addition to wiring up classic German sheetmetal, the researchers are also keeping track of how the driver is handling the vehicle at speed. With sensors feeding information on sweat, heart rate and adrenaline levels, researchers are beginning to paint a picture of how the best drivers anticipate, perceive and respond to high-speed handling situations. Hit the jump to check out a video of this fascinating research.



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      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best. Boondoggle. Ever.
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        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really? The first comment. AB why don't you get rid of the Yahoo Sign in. All these spam bots are from there.
      50merc
      • 3 Years Ago
      better enjoy driving before the gov't makes it illegal to be on the road and driving manually. kind of sad that the whole automobile in the classic sense is almost dead in less than 125 years. it kills me that so many people have no clue as to how much fun cars can be.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @50merc
        Every hobby is a lot of fun to a certain slice of the population. Some people find riding horses really fun. Others find cross-stitching really fun. People have different interests, and no matter what that interest is, you can probably bet that the majority of the world's population doesn't give a rat's ass about it.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone once said it's more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow. Wiring up old cars will give you/them an idea of where the limits are....it's just that the limits on those old cars are so low......I'm not sure it's going to improve the breed much.
      moiconlau
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice post men,
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool. Prof. Gerdes was my advisor at Stanford, and I took his Vehicle Dynamics course as well. Back in 2003 his lab was working with Mercedes and GM on various projects. They had a Corvette converted to drive-by-wire where they could adjust the steering ratio on the fly.