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Can you really drive while facing backwards?

  • Publicado em 19 Jun 2022
  • The team at Sparkmate ( Spkm.co/Build ) asked if I had any ideas for things to build. And I realised that, yes, I had a question to answer: and it all goes back to an old kids' television show called "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons"...
    This isn't an advert for Sparkmate. I've not been paid, and they had no control over the edit, the story, or whether it was published at all. However, they've obviously given a large amount of time, money and effort to put this together, and hopefully that's clear from the video!
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    Edited by Isla McTear
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Comentários • 4 173

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  3 meses atrás +8554

    Thanks so much to all the team from Sparkmate. This was a much bigger project than they initially thought, so I'm really grateful that they put it all together!

    • justanothercomment
      justanothercomment 20 horas atrás

      When driving forward you place your hands on the top of the wheel. When driving backways you place your hands on the bottom of the wheel. Steering input becomes much more instinctive.

    • Un interessant
      Un interessant 5 dias atrás

      What if you mirrored the Picture on the screen - or just added a mirror instead of a screen?

    • John Cox
      John Cox 27 dias atrás

      Blackout curtains all the way around.

    • Simon Ci
      Simon Ci Mês atrás

      It's build wrong. You should be able just to see the screen, and not seeing the surrounding around you. Should be like "back of the van"

    • MaverickBlue
      MaverickBlue Mês atrás

      Have you seen the Making of Captain Scarlet documentary yet? It's dated 2018, but released to youtube two or three weeks ago.

  • IcarusRains
    IcarusRains 3 meses atrás +15986

    I wonder if the disorienting effect would be smaller if you were completely enclosed like the show's vehicle.

    • SirMrDany
      SirMrDany 9 dias atrás

      I don't think so, I think most of the disorientation comes from the feeling of the G forces going the wrong way.

    • Robert Pratt
      Robert Pratt 13 dias atrás

      It’s a completely different affect

    • Avana Vana
      Avana Vana 19 dias atrás

      The show’s car had side windows, it wasn’t completely enclosed.

    • Sam Butler
      Sam Butler 26 dias atrás

      Yep. You’ll have e to build a real SPV now to test the theory. For science.

    • benozzy003
      benozzy003 Mês atrás

      ya but the show did have a window right next to the driver

  • Daniel Cole
    Daniel Cole 3 meses atrás +1722

    Tom veering off the road and managing to pass between two metal posts is amazing.
    Also shoutout to the cameraman skateboarding alongside

    • Ahsim Nreiziev
      Ahsim Nreiziev 2 meses atrás +1


    • modiX
      modiX 2 meses atrás +12

      how is this amazing. u got the reason why that dude didn't sit next to him on the cart track. RIP.

    • Ninjalectual
      Ninjalectual 2 meses atrás +28

      Lucky is what it was

  • Katojana Aleksielsis
    Katojana Aleksielsis 3 meses atrás +1375

    I think the biggest difference between this model and the one in the show: you could see the outside in this model, while in the SPV there was only a tiiiiny window showing the outside world. That of course minimizes the cognitive dissonance dramatically in my opinion.

    • rantingrodent416
      rantingrodent416 21 dia atrás +2

      @Chrismofer Something I learned doing VR development: the human body is quite good at telling when it's under acceleration and when acceleration changes, but not what direction it's happening in. It can be easily fooled to perceive entirely wrong acceleration vectors as long as some kind of acceleration is actually happening, based on visual cues.
      There was a VR rollercoaster project (I wasn't directly involved, but I knew some folks) that never ended up going public. It abused this fact continuously, to create the impression of motion that didn't match that of the rollercoaster itself at all.

    • Lucas
      Lucas Mês atrás

      I was going to say that, if they could have installed blackout curtains and leave just the screen as the only medium with the outside world, he would have no problem at all

    • Liggliluff
      Liggliluff Mês atrás +5

      @Esben Gaarsmand Best moment to see the steering is at 8:12. He pulls the wheel to the left for him, and the car turns to the left, so the steering does match what is shown on the screen.

    • Aamir
      Aamir Mês atrás +1

      The far bigger issue is simply your own body's sense of acceleration

    • Esben Gaarsmand
      Esben Gaarsmand Mês atrás +1

      I think the biggest issue the controls are in reverse for some reason... The steering should match the screen so when you turn left while facing screen the vehicle turn left in real life.

  • Adranir Doradrië
    Adranir Doradrië 2 meses atrás +223

    I love the fact that they made up a "fun" reason for using a controller instead of a steering wheel, when they probably just didn't have the space to put it in safely

    • Smoney
      Smoney 9 dias atrás +1

      @Brayden Cluff But it’s neither accurate to the brief nor what Tom is familiar with

    • Timbo
      Timbo Mês atrás +28

      I think it was just a disconnect in intent. In their scrapped ideas they also shown their concept of a drone acting as a third person view, lke GTA. Their intent was to mimic video game driving while Tom wanted it to simply be driving a car while backwards.

    • Brayden Cluff
      Brayden Cluff 2 meses atrás +47

      I doubt it. If you are driving via monitor then you want the experience to be as familiar as possible. Gamers have been driving via monitor for years using those types of controllers and it probably is easier for them to adapt to the mindset of 'go off the monitor' using the controller than it would be to use a standard wheel/pedal setup. Same reason why military drone programs use game controllers now.

  • Graham Heyes
    Graham Heyes 3 meses atrás +425

    Hi Tom, I've been following for a while and really enjoy videos but this one is a favourite. I'm 62, born and raised in the UK and living in the US. When I was younger than 10 I would be glued to Captain Scarlet when each new episode came out! I had a die-cast model of the exact vehicle you were talking about and, if I close my eyes and concentrate, yes the seats pointed backwards! As a child it never occurred to me that this was a problem. I also remember going to a school Christmas party dressed as Captain Scarlet with one of those "gendarme style" hats made from crepe paper and cardboard. Thanks for a bundle of laughs and a heap of nostalgia.

    • James
      James Mês atrás +7

      It was actually Gerry Anderson's idea, the theory being that accidents would be less dangerous if you were facing that way.

  • Sparkmate
    Sparkmate 3 meses atrás +11496

    We are absolutely thrilled to have made this crazy buggy with you mate! Let's do it again! What should we build next? 🚀

      BALD FURY 24 dias atrás

      a car that runs of 2 wheels

    • Hamilkar Schaß
      Hamilkar Schaß 26 dias atrás

      Why didn't you invert left and right both on the screen and the steering wheel? That would have made the acceleration felt by the driver line up with screen and controls.

    • Alan Delaney
      Alan Delaney Mês atrás

      @Violent Silence I whole-heartedly endorse this biblical request!

    • brockashsfrund
      brockashsfrund Mês atrás

      Should enclose it all so the driver doesn't have any visual besides the screen

    • War Rocket Ajax
      War Rocket Ajax 2 meses atrás

      Now. . . put a glass tank on it, fill it with water, set up it up to be controlled from inside and put a (consenting) dolphin in it.
      Voilà. The dolphin can now travel around and check out how things are going above the water 😁😁

  • Matthew Del Buono
    Matthew Del Buono 2 meses atrás +188

    Fun fact, this is part of the reason why instrument flight (flying through clouds, etc., where you have no visual reference) requires a separate rating. The feeling of what's going on outside you can very easily throw off what you think is happening and lead you to put in very wrong inputs, which in a plane, can be a fatal mistake. Instrument rated pilots need to learn how to ignore those extra inputs your body is used to seeing and fly solely by instrument.
    The University of Illinois did a study testing flight into clouds with otherwise-qualified but not instrument rated pilots and asked them to do a 180 degree turn after entering the cloud (to get back out). On average, they lost control in 178 seconds.

  • John Newton
    John Newton 3 meses atrás +425

    This reminds me a lot of the "reverse handlebar bike" which is rigged to steer the opposite direction from the turn. It's amazing how quickly a brain can adjust to "different" input-output modes with a little bit of practice. Like you, the biggest issue I have with driving games is the lack of peripheral vision.

    • Helium Road
      Helium Road 11 dias atrás

      When I was a kid I tried a few times to ride my bike with my arms crossed and hands on opposite sides of the handlebars. It never ended well.

    • Rupert Holder
      Rupert Holder 2 meses atrás +1

      Smarterevetyday did a video about this.

    • Nigel Tolley
      Nigel Tolley 3 meses atrás

      @Agent Office As do some of the negative power-ups in myriad games!

    • Agent Office
      Agent Office 3 meses atrás

      Gamers switch the up and down stick

    • rogink
      rogink 3 meses atrás +5

      Yes - or the classic 'upside down' glasses which show the world as our eyes really see it, only for the brain to reverse it so it feels 'normal'.

  • Crazyjedi5
    Crazyjedi5 3 meses atrás +240

    “We started to write explanations in the scripts, but then of course, I realised that not everybody would see that episode. If we put it in, say five times, it would become boring, and if we only put it in once, a lot of people wouldn’t know, and it was something I totally regretted doing.” - Gerry Anderson on the SPV’s rear-facing seat.

  • Taran Van Hemert
    Taran Van Hemert 3 meses atrás +582

    This whole video was JUST an excuse to use that transition.

    • Max Brooks
      Max Brooks Mês atrás +1

      You say that like it’s a bad thing!

    • orijimi
      orijimi Mês atrás +1

      @Heiden L. The one with the loud noises and cutting back and forth between two shots multiple times.

    • neoyongz
      neoyongz Mês atrás

      what transition?

    • orijimi
      orijimi 2 meses atrás

      @Siana Gearz Do you have motion smoothing turned on? Is the GTG speed especially slow?

    • Heiden L.
      Heiden L. 2 meses atrás +3

      @Siana Gearz just like how Tom described it

  • spagbol
    spagbol 3 meses atrás +2342

    "You'll be facing backwards because it's safer during the crashes"
    "How often will there be crashes?"
    "Very often, it's tricky to drive backwards"

    • Just a Nobody
      Just a Nobody 2 meses atrás

      @Pocket Fluff Productions well hopefully car design doesn't become they are all 8 tonnes going up to 200 mph

    • Pocket Fluff Productions
      Pocket Fluff Productions 2 meses atrás

      Modern car design in a nutshell, really. Surround the driver with more and more solid metal that makes it very easy to walk away from a crash but increasingly hard to see out, so they're going to get in more accidents. If _other_ people get hurt or killed in those accidents, well, that's their fault for not shelling out for the latest car every few years innit? /s

    • Raina Ramsay
      Raina Ramsay 2 meses atrás


    • Just a Nobody
      Just a Nobody 2 meses atrás

      @scragar 8 tonne truck that also goes up to 200 mph

    • mark rainford
      mark rainford 3 meses atrás

      Nailed it.

  • Jace
    Jace 2 meses atrás +3

    I wanted to see you try and parallel parking. I can't begin to picture the confusion.

  • Latch
    Latch 3 meses atrás +87

    Absolutely loved how they're talking about driving it and top speeds with a guy on *crutches* next to Tom. Inspiring

  • Neil D
    Neil D 2 meses atrás +61

    For an extremely lo-fi version of this sort of effect, try walking whilst holding a full length mirror in front of you at arm's length. It's my favourite bit of moving house.

    • Jay Swarrow
      Jay Swarrow Mês atrás +9

      That's how youtubers walk everyday: holding their phones, watching the selfie-cam footage.

  • eons Luna • Alex Ong
    eons Luna • Alex Ong 3 meses atrás +59

    Got to like how Tom Scott riffed on the Captain Scarlet scene transition, then used the same scene transition technique twice in this video himself.

    • MurderPanda
      MurderPanda 8 dias atrás +2

      I think, just maybe, that may be the joke. Idk tho

    • Michael Moses
      Michael Moses 2 meses atrás +11

      I have this weird feeling that is entirely intentional. ;)

  • Souris Voleur
    Souris Voleur 3 meses atrás +2465

    Might have been easier if you were in a visually sealed container -- the clues from your peripheral vision wouldn't have contradicted with what you saw on the screen. I love how you always come up with great ideas for videos! Another winner!

    • Samel da Camel
      Samel da Camel 3 meses atrás

      @Stan ley Some people still feel motion sick on backwards facing seats, especially with no view of surroundings.

    • Rose Spencer-spreeuw
      Rose Spencer-spreeuw 3 meses atrás

      i think thats why they started with VR, but couldn't combat the latency issue and so had to try something else

    • wordsinahandle
      wordsinahandle 3 meses atrás

      Then he would need side view and "rear" view cameras too

    • Stephen Jay
      Stephen Jay 3 meses atrás +2

      @PewPewDragon when I started driving cars again after 5 years of motorbike only, I had to relearn the feeling of you lean the opposite direction being normal, so if you did this same experiment with a motorbike rider, and made it a more sealed experience to remove contradictory visual stimuli it would probably work really well

    • Mad Biker 3020
      Mad Biker 3020 3 meses atrás

      @PewPewDragon I like your analogy, maybe it would feel more like "counter steering" on a bike where you apply a gentle force to the bars opposite to the direction you want to turn, and the bike just leans itself over.

  • Heck Intosh
    Heck Intosh 2 meses atrás +32

    So as for the bonus question: What if you were to invert the right/left control inputs, would that mean the learning curve is gone, or would your physical/feeling-based feedback still confuse you?

    • Dan B
      Dan B 20 dias atrás +3

      I think the most intuitive control would be mirrored, like driving in reverse with a rear view mirror.

    • The Bird
      The Bird 20 dias atrás

      It does seem to be that the steering follows the screen.

  • MeloMemories
    MeloMemories Mês atrás +5

    I think this is the only Tom Scott video where I've actually been worried for him. Even the tightroping, cave climbing, and other adventures didn't scare me as much as this one did!

  • Alain Martel
    Alain Martel 3 meses atrás +20

    When I watched the show on the B&W TV, I could make out the strings.
    I also remember the die cast model I had, with it's 9 axles : 5 outer wheels and 4 inner wheels plus the tracks on the back. It was, by far, the heaviest, and biggest, die cast model that I ever had.

  • Lipton
    Lipton 3 meses atrás +11

    So, would limiting what you see outside, just like the SPV, would it be easier for you to drive? At 2:38, in the show they had a very small window, I'm guessing the less you see of the world outside makes it easier to drive "backwards".
    Cool vid

  • Ian Scott
    Ian Scott 3 meses atrás +1786

    The human brain is quite adaptable, so with enough training someone could probably be really effective driving like this, and do whatever crazy maneuvers the action scenes require. The hard part might be their commute home from work in their ordinary forward driving car.

    • TisJester PG
      TisJester PG 3 meses atrás +2

      @Arrgghh "It doesn't take some mind altering training to drive a vehicle remotely, which is all Tom is doing except he just happens to also be on said vehicle." That is the world of difference from doing it remotely. Remotely you do not have the sense of motion. You really have no clue what you are talking about.

    • TisJester PG
      TisJester PG 3 meses atrás

      @Arrgghh Yea it is exactly like that. The Brain adapting to the input.

    • SuperFunkmachine
      SuperFunkmachine 3 meses atrás +1

      Fork lift divers have the same issue switching from back to front wheel steering.

    • K0PSTL
      K0PSTL 3 meses atrás

      reminds me of the backwards bike destin on SmarterEveryDay made

    • Matthias Görgens
      Matthias Görgens 3 meses atrás

      @Crabby Try Dvorak. (Moving back and forth between QWERTY and Dovark is possible, it's just a hassle to stay in training with both.)

  • Jaromir Kovar
    Jaromir Kovar 2 meses atrás +9

    I wonder how the control would change if the image on the screen was mirror-flipped and the steering rigged the opposite way.
    Would it, potentially, be easier?

  • moradan81
    moradan81 2 meses atrás +6

    "If I crashed I woulda been safer" Now we have to combine the probabilities of crashing driving the normal way along with the probabilities of serious injury, and compare them to the combined probabilities of getting seriously injured driving backwards and the probability of crashing because we are driving backwards. Another interesting experiment, may I add.

  • Bagana
    Bagana 3 meses atrás +3

    The most dangerous moment was not when you were on the track, it was when you got off it and into your own car and started driving, as you had practically unlearned how to drive. :D

  • Bacon McBacon
    Bacon McBacon 2 meses atrás +2

    This would be perfectly easy with reversed steering. Nifty concept and really sweet to watch it come together. Super neat idea for a LeMons racer.

  • Richie P
    Richie P 3 meses atrás +16

    I drive my car in reverse, watching the rear-view camera screen, all the time. It's easy. I don't go very far that way because the camera is wide-angle and doesn't accurately reflect the distance of things, but I never have any trouble turning in the right direction because the video is mirrored.

  • Zoltán Pósfai
    Zoltán Pósfai 3 meses atrás +3

    Inconsistent stories, gaping plotholes, eye catching effects = success.
    Nothing changed since then, Tom! :)

  • MistrustMusic
    MistrustMusic 2 meses atrás +6

    Wow! You've answered the question I've had since I watched Captain Scarlet as a kid in the 70s. Me and my brother tried to do the same with a pedal car when we were young and kept crashing!!

  • Brian Curtis
    Brian Curtis 3 meses atrás +5

    This is great. Their design process is lovely.

  • Patterrz
    Patterrz 3 meses atrás +3113

    It's just like playing a racing game except you can crash and burn at any moment

    • Tom Joad
      Tom Joad 3 meses atrás

      Game over at a whole new level.

    • I-_-AM-_-G
      I-_-AM-_-G 3 meses atrás

      imagine it in VR!!

    • BobBigWheels
      BobBigWheels 3 meses atrás +1

      And the g forces are reversed

    • gorak9000
      gorak9000 3 meses atrás +1

      @Kane Skywalker How did I have to scroll 11 replies deep before someone mentioned the inertia being backwards - does everyone live in the simulation already? Geez

    • Kane Skywalker
      Kane Skywalker 3 meses atrás

      and you feel all the inertia in the exact opposite way, so your brain melts more.

  • Daniel Yates Music
    Daniel Yates Music 3 meses atrás +12

    You know you’ve made it on BRclip when you can request something like this be built for you. Nice video, Tom!

  • Generic Youtuber
    Generic Youtuber 2 meses atrás +2

    So many videos, and I still enjoy watching. I know Tom felt like he was short on ideas, but I still enjoy everything he produces.

  • Rainbow Flower
    Rainbow Flower 3 meses atrás +7

    Captain Scarlet was a banger of a show! Tom is out there living my dreams and I love it!

  • Spuds McCat
    Spuds McCat 3 meses atrás +3

    This reminds me of the video about the reversed-steering bicycle. There isn;t anything 'natural' about raising your left hand, and lowering right hand to go right, it's just training, and muscle memory.
    I would suggest anybody trying this, practive a bit with a racing game wheel and such to 'reset' brain to normal steerting before driving on the roads ;)

  • Morgan Pelissier - Sparkmate
    Morgan Pelissier - Sparkmate 3 meses atrás +986

    It was a super cool project to make! Lot of technical challenges, but nothing is too big for the Sparkmates To add a bit of Spice we built it in collaboration with two of our teams: Hong Kong for the software and Paris for the hardware 🇭🇰❤🇫🇷. Thanks Tom for the opportunity and THANK YOU THE SPARKMATES for being that CRAZY!

    • bitronic
      bitronic Mês atrás +1

      @Those Weirdos the show used monitors.
      and you can't just put a screen and a camera and call it done, you need to optimize the system to make it usable, that's what software engineers are for, otherwise you're gonna have a plethora of problems while driving, mainly latency.

    • Those Weirdos
      Those Weirdos 3 meses atrás

      Why was there software? This was 100% doable in hardware alone...

    • Morgan Pelissier - Sparkmate
      Morgan Pelissier - Sparkmate 3 meses atrás

      @onafixedincome please do mate ;)

    • Morgan Pelissier - Sparkmate
      Morgan Pelissier - Sparkmate 3 meses atrás

      @EliteSquter we are hiring! Jobs are opens on the platform ;)

    • Morgan Pelissier - Sparkmate
      Morgan Pelissier - Sparkmate 3 meses atrás +1

      @Sponsored Message we didn't wanted to use analog systems for this one. Challenge the hole team, the mechanics engineers and the software engineers

  • Pygmeedancer
    Pygmeedancer 26 dias atrás +1

    Is it just me or is that scene transition the coolest thing ever. I’d love to see that used in modern films

  • Michael Schnick
    Michael Schnick 3 meses atrás +2

    Sparkmate - seems like a fun location to work at. What a great project!
    I certainly hope this gives you due fame and also orders!

  • Daniel Schenker
    Daniel Schenker 2 dias atrás

    Huge props to Sparkmate. They seriously engineered the heck out of that thing, and they seem so passionate about it!

  • Scott Beard
    Scott Beard 3 meses atrás +1

    This is so cool. I love the idea of just “what is a fun project we can do”

  • nambreadnam
    nambreadnam 3 meses atrás +5

    2:10 I've suddenly had an intense flashback of playing with that exact toy when I was a toddler. Jesus I haven't thought about that thing in decades. Had some thunderbirds toys as well.

  • E. P.S.
    E. P.S. 3 meses atrás +1

    Thank you because I had forgotten that as a child I fantasized about this idea thinking it would eventually replace seat belts, and I didn't know I had had this itch for over 30 years

  • Stuart Morgan
    Stuart Morgan 2 meses atrás

    I kind of want to see a lower speed version of this on a gameshow obstacle course. Would be cool to watch how a random selection of people handle it. Technically speaking a lot of us already drive backwards while looking forwards with reversing cameras in cars but mostly at low speed and only for a few moments.

  • Reinth
    Reinth 2 meses atrás

    Interestingly enough I wonder if just simply flipping the horizontal would fix the cognitive dissonance caused by right vs left, the perception of moving forward and backward would still be awkward but the turning would feel correct, relatively speaking

  • Jacob Harrison
    Jacob Harrison 3 meses atrás +1433

    I think a truer test would involve having no exterior sightlines at all. So a completely enclosed cockpit of sorts. As it is, your peripheral vision is making you think you're driving a car in reverse, so if you're at all used to driving, I imagine you'll more easily fall back into the pattern of turning left for right and vice versa.

    • João Felipe B. Lopes
      João Felipe B. Lopes 2 meses atrás +1

      Vr goggles would also serve the same function, and allow him to look to the sides "normally"

    • Tarik Hamani
      Tarik Hamani 2 meses atrás

      The vehicle from the show had windows on the sides.

    • Aaron Davis
      Aaron Davis 3 meses atrás +2

      Agreed. The game controller was also a random choice which could only screw the nature of the entire exercise and I'm glad Tom politely put his foot down, so to speak, and demanded the steering wheel. These guys are brilliant at building stuff but terrible at running experiments.

    • shadowmax889
      shadowmax889 3 meses atrás

      Medical cameras have almost zero latency. They can use those

    • Gratten Jenkins
      Gratten Jenkins 3 meses atrás

      Good point. Could the effect of a completely enclosed cockpit be emulated by blindfolding the driver? That way he can't see any exterior sightlines

  • VulKus
    VulKus 3 meses atrás +2

    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons is easily one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

  • Ascertivus
    Ascertivus 21 dia atrás +1

    The fact that Tom used a transition like the ones in the show at 9:12 was such a great detail.

  • Deja
    Deja 3 meses atrás +1

    We all have those high latency days... Really interesting video, wonder if a periscopic mirror type system could be designed, obviously one of those doo hickeys with mirrors mirroring mirrors so the end result is the right way up.
    Going way off note, this makes me really appreciate phones of this day, the latency from the camera moving to the image being displayed on screen is really low in comparison to a lot of other camera systems. (I do think they slightly over thought their system though, but really good for a proof of concept).

  • mike braack
    mike braack 3 meses atrás

    I watched that show when I was little too and the driving backwards thing just made no sense to me either. But watching you do it, it looks fun and now I want to try it also.

  • The Sunroses
    The Sunroses 3 meses atrás +593

    love the touch of actually having scene transitions like in the show! this was a very fun video

    • SandCastor
      SandCastor 3 meses atrás +17

      We need Tom to always use the Captain Scarlett transitions from now on.
      Tom Scarlett!!

  • Anand Sriraman
    Anand Sriraman 3 meses atrás +1

    Awesome concept! I feel like it might have been less disorienting if you had blinders on so you can focus on the screen. Akin to a horse on a race track.

  • Drew Lawton
    Drew Lawton 3 meses atrás +2

    Would have been interesting to play around with reversing the video feed and/or steering inputs too.

  • Matt Roots
    Matt Roots 3 meses atrás

    Interesting experiment. Reminds of a video where some guy learnt to ride one of those bicycles where the steering is reversed (turn left to go right, etc). I think it took him a couple of months but something eventually clicked and he could do it. Once proficient it then took him 20 minutes to learn how to ride a normal bike again and I suspect this is no different.
    The brain doesn't know how to drive a car but we are all taught conventionally and that's what the brain learns and it's a case of un-picking those pathways and re-programming them, even with the external stimulus. Might be quicker without seeing outside but ultimately your brain will learn to ignore it?

  • Bart Reunes
    Bart Reunes 3 meses atrás

    Still wondering how that would work outside of a race track, where you have to look not only in front of you, but also left and right.

  • wich
    wich 3 meses atrás +545

    It’s funny how in making this the latency was one of the biggest challenges, as in the time of the show with analog cameras and monitors this would’ve been a total non-issue

    • The Cheaterman
      The Cheaterman 3 meses atrás +2

      @Amoeba Like using web techs for a realtime system :-)

    • InvadersDie
      InvadersDie 3 meses atrás

      @FalconFetus8 when evaluating latency the input latency is actually the only thing that matters. When trying to improve the input latency, every delay state needs to be known.
      Though there are kind of two runs of output from the input here, the action of the vehicle and the display.
      It would be interesting to know if they had any issues with camera to display latency since it's not a completely independent system. The updates on the display does not rely on the input directly but it is showing the results after they have taken place. Unlike videogames where the display is the only output

    • HamsterFromAbove
      HamsterFromAbove 3 meses atrás +2

      @Amoeba Spoken like someone who thinks they know a little bit of information, but have never actually worked on a project like this.
      Getting the information to driver and interrupting the inputs of the driver had to be a big challenge. If a game lags once every hour for 0.5 seconds the user forgets about it very quickly. If a car lags once every hour for 0.5 seconds people die. There is an infinitely higher standard of reliability required than gaming systems.
      Due to the physical limitations of having to project the information from a camera to a screen before the human eye ever sees it there is a minimum amount of latency that is a guarantee. They would have needed to create a system that doesn't add any extra latency and is robust enough to never fail.

    • FalconFetus8
      FalconFetus8 3 meses atrás

      It's not the controllers that had latency. It's the software interpreting the controllers that had latency.

    • InvadersDie
      InvadersDie 3 meses atrás

      Low tech version would be cool

  • Dan
    Dan 2 meses atrás

    I can only imagine what it must be like to drive when your vestibular system is disagreeing with your visual system. I'd imagine you can learn to recalibrate, but much of driving is also engrained in muscle memory, so it could be a bit dangerous.

  • Greippi10
    Greippi10 11 dias atrás

    The brain can adapt to living using glasses that invert the world, so I think this is just a matter of getting used to it! Initially it sounded insane, but only because we've learned to drive facing forwards.

  • MonkeyMode
    MonkeyMode 3 meses atrás

    This honestly just seems like fun.
    Great video as always.

  • Theguyunderyourbed
    Theguyunderyourbed 3 meses atrás +1

    I think the moment you use a steering wheel for it you start treating it like a car going in reverse and the monitor is a mirror, or back up camera, so subconsciously you reversed the controls again as if going in reverse with a car

  • Reese Carlton
    Reese Carlton 3 meses atrás +1065

    The cameraman using a skateboard to follow Tom is actually inspiring

    • Rox
      Rox Mês atrás

      @SeanBZA You're misinformed. The Onewheel uses standard go-kart tires. Comes with a Vega slick as standard, most experienced riders soon switch it out for a threaded Hoosier. Any mechanic shop can make the swap if you're not comfortable taking a crowbar to it yourself. You can also order aftermarket pressure pads, bearings and wear parts, and the tools to replace them. You're only really screwed if the electronics fail. As is the case with most products.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás

      It's radical, dude.

    • Reese Carlton
      Reese Carlton 3 meses atrás

      @JohnyG29 It's mad creative

    • JohnyG29
      JohnyG29 3 meses atrás +1

      Why exactly?

    • TheScarvig
      TheScarvig 3 meses atrás +3

      @pink sunsets check out corridor crew in that regard! the guys use onewheels on a regular basis for handheld drive along video angles

  • Abdullah Basit24
    Abdullah Basit24 Mês atrás +1

    I guess in the Tom's version of SPV, he just needs to imagine that he's in reverse gear.

  • Larry Anderson
    Larry Anderson 3 meses atrás

    Would be interesting to have a wide angle POV camera recording behind the driver so you could see what the diver is seeing/doing along with the actual scenery moving around the car... Probably be really freaky.

  • Hermione, the Red Wox-Dragon

    I can't even play the original Wip3'out without switching to third-person at the start of every race. This is nuts!
    Well done, Tom!

  • sephalon1
    sephalon1 2 meses atrás

    Seems like the best approach would be to mirror the video output left to right. Then it would be like driving in reverse, which most drivers have a lot of experience with.

  • Žiga Terzič
    Žiga Terzič 2 meses atrás

    I would really love to see a professional driver behind the wheel of this.

  • Gify The Old
    Gify The Old Mês atrás

    Thinking how confusing it would be for me, I am used to control FPV drones, so that thing, I see different movement than my body does, is not that weird for me, and I guess if I use something like a DJI FPV system with goggles instead of the screen it would be absolutely OK for the ride. I would like to try it.

  • Matthew Rossilini
    Matthew Rossilini 3 meses atrás

    Reminds me of the backwards bicycle. I wonder if you spent time getting used to this, if adapting to forward driving would be difficult

  • Evan Shearin
    Evan Shearin Mês atrás

    This is really cool, but it got me thinking, I wonder if you could use a drone and a VR headset to "play" real life in third person mode. I mean, I'm sure the technology exists, but I'd like to try it out and see what it's like.

  • Richard Twyning
    Richard Twyning 3 meses atrás +547

    I think part of the problem is that it was quite open, so you're more aware of the real world going the wrong way. If it was like an SPV you would have been more enclosed and your brain would be less distracted.

    • Mr.Astronuts
      Mr.Astronuts 3 meses atrás +8

      This is in the mbt 70, where the driver is inside the turret with the rest of crew, driving with a screen. Even then, the testing drivers always got motion sick.

    • Lenard Segnitz
      Lenard Segnitz 3 meses atrás +17

      The driver is still going to get messed up vestibular signals. Motion sickness is guaranteed.

    • itismeitisi
      itismeitisi 3 meses atrás +10

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • Neil Barnett
    Neil Barnett 3 meses atrás

    I like the crawling pattern in the rope lights!
    I think that probably marks me as superficial, but at my age, I've been called so many other things, it really doesn't matter.

  • Rob Chapman
    Rob Chapman 2 dias atrás

    Great video...I wonder if wearing a VR headset and having that as the display rather than a screen would make it easier to drive because with your eyes fully enclosed and theoretically you shouldn't be as distracted by the real world.

  • FireyDeath4
    FireyDeath4 2 meses atrás +1

    Try it with a double mirror and a closed-off exterior too. Then maybe it could really work

    SURENDRA KV 3 meses atrás +2

    You could have tried driving a car in reverse gear with rear view camera. Same result. Car will be in reverse. You will be facing the wrong way and you can see where the car is going on your display. Just remember to fold your mirrors.
    You could also do another experiment. Drive only with your rear-view camera and next trip try only with rear view mirrors. You can test which is more intuitive.
    I tried this last week. I found it was more intuitive to drive with rear view mirrors.

    • Siana Gearz
      Siana Gearz 2 meses atrás

      Mhm when you use both rear view mirror or rear view camera, both have a mirrored image; but your steering controls are corresponding. I don't think the physicality of that matches what they're testing, so they have a camera which transmits unmirrored, as-photographed; and they have drive-by-wire steering which reverses the control direction, so when you see a left turn, you turn left, but the vehicle under you feels like it's turning right.
      Then again i don't think the show considered this all too deeply, fundamentally if such a vehicle had to be built, both sorts of view/control would be tested and the more suitable one chosen.
      BTW, the rear view camera modules usually have a resistor or a jumper link inside them that configures them between mirrored and unmirrored, because the underlying sensor and circuit board has different uses besides car reversing camera, the same would be used for security cameras, drone FPV, industrial control automation, etc. Unfortunately they're usually potted so changing configuration involves some destruction. Anyway if you wanted your rear view camera to be extra confusing, it can be done like that. If the camera has a built-in line overlay (rather than added on by the headunit), this is turned on and off in the same way.

  • Cory Albrecht
    Cory Albrecht 3 meses atrás +840

    I can't help but wonder if the reason it was so difficult for you to focus, is if it was because you could still see the outside world in your peripheral vision, rather than being fully enclosed in the vehicle like in the TV show? Would have been easier if they had also built you in an enclosure so you couldn't see outside the vehicle?

    • cymond
      cymond 3 meses atrás

      @MrMonotone Yes, very true, but a more massive vehicle won't be pulling tight turns at high speed.
      I would compare it to riding in a jumbo jet: you don't feel the speed, and most maneuvers are done so gently that you hardly feel them, either.

    • The Hobbler
      The Hobbler 3 meses atrás +3

      @cymond like an 8 ton tank

    • cymond
      cymond 3 meses atrás +4

      Also, it's a very small vehicle that really lets you "feel" the motion. I wonder if it would be easier in something massive where you don't feel it rock and move as much.

    • Dusto9
      Dusto9 3 meses atrás +6

      @TheShinyShow That's actually exactly like driving in a racing sim with a VR headset. Every VR sim racer has experienced the dizziness from your eyes telling you that you're moving while your body is telling you that you're not, but that can easily be overcome by simply practicing so your brain gets used to it.

    • anotherriddle
      anotherriddle 3 meses atrás +7

      I was thinking about that too. However, sensing accelleration and motion alone will probably also throw you off. Still, I think you will get used to it similarly to the turning room/artificial gravity lab and the bike that turns into the wrong direction.

  • MegaChad
    MegaChad 2 meses atrás +1

    If they ever make a car with no windows this might actually be a good design choice.

  • Fox
    Fox 3 meses atrás

    I genuinely now wish I could work for this company, they seem to rad!

  • sharpieman20
    sharpieman20 29 dias atrás

    This feels like a really cool company to work for. You just build random neat stuff all the time.

  • Layton Cahill
    Layton Cahill 2 meses atrás

    What I think would be interesting to see is rear wheel steering only vehicle. The setup they have close, just remove the screen and just drive it the way you’re facing now. Kind of like a forklift but a little faster I suppose. Would it feel disorientating with the rear wheels turning the and moving rear end out the other way to the turn

  • DarkAngelGuyver
    DarkAngelGuyver 3 meses atrás +517

    Always glad to see someone else who grew up watching Gerry Anderson shows. To give you a little background, Gerry wanted to put in the rear facing thing based on the studies at the time of it being safer and less likely for people to get injured in a crash. He later hated it because it meant he had to throw in a line every few episodes to explain it. Which is why you get characters in an SPV crash saying "I'm fine! The rear-facing seat saved me!"

    • Guinea Pig Everyday
      Guinea Pig Everyday 3 meses atrás +2

      great thing about this video besides the interesting concept is that hopefully it will intrigue people about Gerry Anderson shows and its weird, fascinating and batshit insane concepts. Love Anderson's shows like Terrahawks, Thunderbirds, Stingray and UFO, they're fantastic sci-fi shows, really underrated and not talked about as much. I think some of his ideas definitely definitely stand amongst other sci-fi shows like Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek.

    • mcgoo721
      mcgoo721 3 meses atrás +4

      I just assumed they built the set piece wrong and didn’t have time to fix it so they rolled with the it ha.

    • fail gaming
      fail gaming 3 meses atrás

      Same here

  • Jamie House
    Jamie House 22 dias atrás

    This is very cool. Although I think the open sided nature of the buggy probably didn't help. The SPV did have those tiny windows in the doors but that was it, and they were out of sight of the driver, so they had nothing else to focus on other than the screen.

  • Andy Linton
    Andy Linton 3 meses atrás

    Ha excellent, I too have always harboured that question! (and always marvelled at the scene changes. I think Emmerdale should do that). I wonder if it would have been easier if the vehicle had sides, so you couldn't see the real world, even in your periphery?

  • vmp916
    vmp916 3 meses atrás

    I wonder how the ability to control this would have been improved if more of your in person vision was restricted (by putting up solid vehicle walls) and I wonder if that would also increase motion sickness

  • kreight_
    kreight_ 2 meses atrás

    The VR idea is brilliant! Can definitely see that being a possibility in the future

  • Jack
    Jack 3 meses atrás +1

    The thing is, with the show you actually can’t see the outsides around you and your just focusing on the screen. With here you can see everywhere so that must of tricked the brain big time.

  • Mark Olsen
    Mark Olsen 3 meses atrás +1

    I think it would be interesting to do this test again with someone who has never driven the "normal" way and see how long it takes them to learn it.

  • Cindy Lee
    Cindy Lee 3 meses atrás

    Backward driving cars would make great theme park rides. Looked like a lot of fun. Great show.

  • Daniel Leslie
    Daniel Leslie 2 meses atrás

    Would flipping the screen so it produces a mirror image left/right and flipping the steering controls left/right make the setup drive more intuitively?

  • Lucas Gondra
    Lucas Gondra 3 meses atrás +519

    honestly, the vr headset would probably reduce the "everything other than the screen going backwards" simptoms, you'd still feel the acceleration but, if the latency being such a problem, it would end up like a hybrid with that delayed car video you did with william osman and michael reeves

    • bowez9
      bowez9 3 meses atrás +3

      @Haph its an issue of focal point versus convergence point and there is nothing that can be done about that. Proven by simulator studies performed by the USAF ~25% of the population has issues upto 24hrs afterward, nevermind the nausea in 30 mins or less.

    • Haph
      Haph 3 meses atrás +1

      @Lucas Gondra To be honest, VR nausea is a factor of how good your latency is (in reaction to head movements), and even more importantly how much experience you have with vr. Just getting used to it can help a lot, I’ve heard.
      Though, to be fair, when you are in a moving vehicle, it adds the factor of accelerations you wouldn’t have otherwise, so it’s probably more nauseating.

    • Matthew Turnock
      Matthew Turnock 3 meses atrás

      Also in this particular configuration it looks VERY similar to being in a normal car looking through the rear view mirror when reversing. I reckon that's where the "my brain turned right when I meant to turn left" bit came from, but you could definitely unlearn that behaviour. In the same way you can learn to ride a bike normally when the handlebars move the opposite way.

    • eiostí
      eiostí 3 meses atrás +2

      ​@Lucas Gondra esp in a moving vehicle going the opposite direction lmao

    • Jes
      Jes 3 meses atrás

      @Flarelia I was about to say that. I also remember Tom being part of that project

  • Adam Hickey
    Adam Hickey 3 meses atrás

    It actually took me a long time to figure out that in Captain Scarlet they drove those SPVs backwards. As a kid, I always thought it funny that they were driving facing a TV screen instead of a window.

  • Lynk _
    Lynk _ 2 meses atrás

    AMAZING! Did they think about using a VR headset to avoid some of the competing visual disorientation?

  • Joeyzoom
    Joeyzoom 2 meses atrás

    For the camera, you could use an FPV camera system like those used in FPV racing drones. Very low latency and high picture quality if using one of the digital variants (like DJI or newly announced Walksnail/Fatshark components). Simple to set up and implement, and can utilize the "VR" style goggles or a screen. Cheers!

  • Gavriel Fleischer
    Gavriel Fleischer 3 meses atrás +1

    When I was 14 I went to the UK for a month and rode a bike for most of the time I was getting around. It took me something like 2 weeks to get used to driving on the left side. And what's even more interesting it took also almost the same amount of time to get used to the right side when I was back home.

  • Mik Scheper
    Mik Scheper 3 meses atrás +310

    This reminds me of when people wear goggles that flip their vision, and for a few days they run into things, but eventually their brain adjusts and they move around normally… until they take the goggles off again.

    • berkes
      berkes 3 meses atrás

      @wodmarach Nah, we did it in school. Took between half an hour and an hour

    • berkes
      berkes 3 meses atrás

      @Windroid_User we did this in school. They were simple plastic prisms taped to a glasses frame. You can build them for a few tens of Euro's. And probably buy them on Amazon or Ali.

    • wodmarach
      wodmarach 3 meses atrás +3

      @Windroid_User the most famous is likely the innsbruck experiments i the 1880s i think it was, it takes about 48 hours to start to adjust and a few of weeks to fully adjust. Then again when you remove them.

    • Windroid_User
      Windroid_User 3 meses atrás +3

      I need links folks

    • Stuart Arnold
      Stuart Arnold 3 meses atrás +21

      @jama211 Probably as they've had a lifetime seeing the world the "right way up".
      I wonder how quickly they'd adjust if the wore the upsidedown goggles for their whole life before taking them off.

  • pontifier
    pontifier 3 meses atrás

    I had a dream that I had to drive backwards really fast while looking in the rearview mirror. In the dream I discovered that the going backwards and mirroring result in not needing to adjust. Left turns left, right turns right. It's so natural now.

  • Cody Taylor
    Cody Taylor 2 meses atrás

    I feel that this same outcome could have been done with a regular car with blacked out windows and a few cameras and sensors with a monitor in front of the driver whilst the car was driven in reverse

  • David K
    David K 3 meses atrás

    An enclosed cockpit and the controls reversed (given they are fly by wire it would be no issue) and you might be on to something here! Great video.

  • Paper View Origami
    Paper View Origami 2 meses atrás

    Would this have been safer if the engineers merely transposed the controls so they worked the way your brain worked? It seems the major issue is you are fighting your natural instincts in controlling direction and motion.

  • MoonKent
    MoonKent 3 meses atrás +532

    Honestly, I feel that if a person drove this way all the time, even the "backwards" sensory perception would soon feel perfectly normal. Just like how a standard driver now has no problem looking in their rearview mirror and comprehending how the "backwards" view applies to their vehicle and surroundings. Really, it's just what you're used to!

    • Debesys
      Debesys 3 meses atrás +2

      @Oddsie currently doing driving lessons and this might help: when in reverse, point the way you want the back of the car to go. then turn the wheel in that direction!

    • Lok Cheung
      Lok Cheung 3 meses atrás

      Exactly I was thinking Tom should try parallel park on it if he think driving on the track wasn’t too hard!

    • Oddsie
      Oddsie 3 meses atrás

      @bobafettjr85 i can’t reverse at all and i’ve been driving for four years. it’s literally 50/50 which way the car goes when you turn the wheel.

    • Medley Shift
      Medley Shift 3 meses atrás

      ​@ShroudedWolf51 If I can look over my shoulder, I could drive forever backwards, but I also have probably well over 100 miles of downhill skiing in reverse, so I guess practice makes perfect.

    • Chris Eveley
      Chris Eveley 3 meses atrás

      Check the experiment of the upside-down glasses... The brain is amazing.

  • Jock McBile
    Jock McBile 3 meses atrás

    Very cool video, Tom. Well put together and a great Company to work with.

  • Notes from Krautland
    Notes from Krautland 2 meses atrás

    1:50 As long as it has more than 8 cubic meters of air in it, it will actually float. That's why submarienes need to be terribly heavy. Doesn't look that big though ( :
    Maybe the premise of the show was: try to spot all the dumb bits.
    On the other hand, that car won't be stolen any time soon.
    The original car was closed. Not seeing reality around the monitor might make a difference.
    Next challenge: sideways, upside down...