Scott Mansell, a professional racecar driver and host of the Driven Media channel on YouTube, wanted to find out if a good driver could stop faster with feeling than a computer with anti-locks. brake.
In the last video of the channel, the driver was able to accelerate faster with his right foot and with less care than Ferrari’s best computer engineers who made their car with launch control. And in the new video, Mansell admits he thinks it’s the same situation with ABS.
However, this time, the channel decided to add another complication to the test. This is useful, because even everyone with a keyboard and an ounce of overconfidence thinks they can do the threshold brake better than some YouTuber (Mansell, in fact, successfully raced against the likes of Paul di Resta), we can’t do anything. So the channel also put in a stand-in for us regular drivers to see how useful ABS can be (spoilers below).
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As it turns out, technology is extremely useful for everyday drivers like you and me. In the test, the Mazda MX-5 was able to stop an average of 34.73 meters (113.9 ft) with a difference of less than a meter (3.2 ft) when the ABS was involved.
The normal driver, on the other hand, made a best performance of 39 meters (127.9 ft). He only did that on his third of five attempts, though. His first attempt – and let’s not forget that we rarely get more than one chance to stop in an emergency – was 45 meters (147.6 ft) and his average stopping distance was 42.66 meters (139.96 ft), which is a 7.93 meters (26.0). ft) difference. That’s two whole NC Miatas.
So, yes, ABS is, indeed, a useful safety feature. But what if you are a good driver? Mansell was also given five tests without anti-lock brakes to try and prove the superiority of the people, but like the regular driver, his first test was worse than the ABS by 40 meters (131.2 ft).
Given the opportunity to try again, however, Mansell was able to improve and managed a best performance of 37.5 meters (123 ft). That’s 2.7 meters (8.8 feet) worse than the average stopping distance of an ABS system, and the Mansell isn’t quite the same. So there you have it: humans are no match for computers when it comes to braking. Case closed.