He and his helpers took 10's of thousands of measurements of thousands of air force pilots and determined that, there is no such thing as the 'average pilot'.
Well there was. About two dozen of them. Turns out that all the measurements were uncorrelated in the already highly selected group that is air force pilots.
Aerospace manufacturers were forced to redesign cockpits with adjustable seats and controls. And the rate of accidents declined.
> The remarkable thing is how the different parts of a living thing can still function well with that capacity to vary
What's really whack when you consider it is the same neuromuscular system that allows us to walk can also be repurposed to drive a car, fly a plane and operate other machinery.
Isn’t this because we purposely design all those things around our anatomy though?
I’d imagine alien octopuses’ vehicles would be designed around their anatomy and they would have no trouble using them.
You think you want to turn left and slow down, not I have to use my left foot to slowly press the brake and slowly move my hands in a circle while grasping.
I'm not a driver, but isn't the left foot for the clutch? Don't you have to use both the clutch and the brake when stopping the car so the motor won't stop?
...though I guess you were just reinforcing your point: driving becomes so second nature that you forget the implementation details.
At least that was my experience. I drove an automatic for the first time some years ago, and that was the only issue I detected.
The fact that you never have to move your feet from the corresponding pedals actually helps to avoid mixing up pedals.
It would be an issue in a rally when downshifts require a bit of throttle and you have to use two feet for three pedals.
With my right foot on the gas and on the brakes I can just pivot my ankle to control the pedal with my heel resting on the floor, but with the clutch you typically have to quickly press it in completely, but then slowly and smoothly release it. Which is easier to do with your heel in the air.
And race drivers can drive normal vehicles too.
Of course, they are the selected elite.
I am just pointing out this is not something that should be forbidden.
Agreed. What's more impressive is that this "single neuromuscular system" can climb a tree, swim across a lake, or hike across a continent.