Stanford wiring up vintage sports cars and their drivers to help develop new cars

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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