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Safer Car Design Demands New Testing Approaches

Paying for current recalls vs. preventing future ones
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Susan Rambo
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Virtual prototyping part of the answer?
Susan Rambo   6/5/2014 2:56:22 PM
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"And here it was, right in front of me -- the chicken-and-egg problem. To prevent recalls, companies need to invest, but investing means money needs to be available; and unfortunately this money was used to address the recent recalls! So the investment in virtual prototyping could not happen...."

That's maddening. Seems like a shared cloud service might reduce the cost of entry into virual prototyping, but again there are IP security/privacy issues, although I did see some interesting cloud service improvements at DAC.


Susan Rambo
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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
Susan Rambo   6/5/2014 2:43:44 PM
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Oh boy. Everyone thinks the same thing. We all think we're great drivers and everyone else is terrible. The self-driving car is looking better....maybe it should be called the selfless driving car. It has no ego.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 2:39:23 PM
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@betajet: How often do y'all hear #10: "You ain't from around here, are you?"

Quite often -- I respond by telling them that I'm from South Alabama LOL

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 2:38:26 PM
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@betajet: Tips for Northerners Moving South.

(a) Very clever and (b) more true than a lot of folks might think

betajet
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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
betajet   6/5/2014 2:33:51 PM
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Max wrote: One thing that never fails to amaze me is how few people use their indicators here in Alabama.

Max, clearly y'all haven't read Tips for Northerners Moving South.

Here's the big ol' version published by Car Talk
#18.  Most Southerners do not use turn signals, and ignore those who do.  In fact, if you see a signal blinking on a car with Southern license plates, you can pretty well bet it left the factory that way.

How often do y'all hear #10: "You ain't from around here, are you?"

rich.pell
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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
rich.pell   6/5/2014 2:18:30 PM
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"What do you think we'll achieve first: Better trained drivers or safer cars? I'm voting for safer cars."

That's a safe bet.  Despite all the hoopla over Toyota and GM recalls etc., cars are getting safer all the time and motor vehicles deaths have been declining now for decades.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 2:17:44 PM
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@betajet: ...we just need to enforce safe driving practices and take the driving privilege away from unsafe drivers...

Ideally with a public flogging :-)

One thing that never fails to amaze me is how few people use their indicators here in Alabama -- they stop dead in the middle of the road to turn without offering a clue as to their intentions to the rest of us.

Of course, beinh an anal retentive, I go the other way -- I indicate all the time (it's automatic -- I even find myself indicating when I turn into our driveway, and we live in a cul-de-sac :-)

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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 2:12:50 PM
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@anon9303122: Our species is devolving.

Speak for yourself, Earth-boy

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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
Max The Magnificent   6/5/2014 2:11:47 PM
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@Susan: How can you tell who is unsafe and who isn't...

I'm safe .. then there's everyone else

anon9303122
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Re: Fixing the Symptom not the Cause
anon9303122   6/5/2014 2:09:40 PM
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Technology appears to have the effect of dumbing down a certain percentage of the drivers. Even with 4WD or AWD, ABS brakes and stability control, those are the very vehicles I see in the ditch after the first two inches of snow hits the road. Why is that? My belief is that these systems instill a false sense of confidence in the 'non-driver' and they believe this technology keeps them on the road no matter what. People who are 'drivers' make the effort to understand what is going on with all the dynamics of driving, may actually practice their driving skills in a controlled environment before needing to use those skills in an actual driving situation. Eventually we will 'dumb-down' automobiles to the point where we don't need to drive the car at all. Google is already taking us to that kind of lowest common denominator utopia. Our species is devolving.

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