Scientists from Japan found the perfect hand position on the steering wheelNovember 24, 2019
The perfect grip on the steering wheel was discovered during a special study. Experts are sure that the position of the hands affects the applied force, and the safety of movement, in turn, depends on this.
Specialists from the University of Hiroshima and the Nagoya Institute of Technology joined together to determine the ideal hand position on the steering wheel. According to scientists, the safety of the driver and his passengers, as well as other road users, depends on this. Japanese experts found that hand position affects the degree of effort with which the driver rotates the steering wheel. All this directly affects safety. Right-handed drivers were invited to participate in the experiment. They “steered” with one hand, trying to control a car on a special simulator. At this point, scientists measured the effort that the experiment participants pinned to turn the steering wheel.
After analyzing the results, experts came to the conclusion that it is right to keep your hands on the steering wheel in the “three and nine o’clock” position. In this case, we are talking about the magnitude of the applied force of only two Newton meters, which does not represent any difficulty for the driver.
With other grip common among drivers, indicators ranged from 1.1 to 2.9 N • m. And the experts called the position of the hand at 12 o’clock the most risky. In a traffic accident involving an airbag deployment, there is a risk of injury.
Meanwhile, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Germany) have found a simple way to trick selfdriving cars. Such machines literally dement a certain combination of colors.
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