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(New Scientist)   Automated death threats will be the newest automotive safety feature   ( ) divider line
    More: Strange, death threats, receiver operating characteristic, car accidents, warnings, defensive driving  
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6961 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Jan 2013 at 1:33 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-07 05:06:47 PM  
1 vote:
People will just drive faster to see who can get the most severe message.

It's the same reason that they don't show BAC numbers on breathalyzers in bars. If you give them a number, they go for the high score.
2013-01-07 03:50:40 PM  
1 vote:
It's a nice idea, but there are more useful implementations. For example:

"Your present speed is unsafe, but that is irrelevant to the fact that your death is inevitable."

"If you died while driving this fast, you would do so having never really lived."

"Your speed is 150% of the maximum safe speed for these conditions. Engaging computer override. Reducing speed. Connecting to internet... connected. Establishing connection with home computer. Deleting browser history and contents of designated pornography folder. Returning control of vehicle to driver. You may resume your unsafe speed."
2013-01-07 02:30:39 PM  
1 vote:

I'm sorry, Dave.
I'm afraid I can't do that

2013-01-07 02:16:05 PM  
1 vote:
Future conversation exceprt:

Dude, I was like flying so fast the car was like "Dude, you're gonna die" so I punched it to see what it would say next.
2013-01-07 01:42:28 PM  
1 vote:
It's redundant to a system that already exists in the vehicles of married male drivers.
2013-01-07 11:39:53 AM  
1 vote:
Seems slightly distracting, and when you're breaking the speed limit you need to keep your attention focused on the road.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-07 11:29:01 AM  
1 vote:
Claim 6 of the patent explains who the real market is: fleet owners. That claim says the device can phone home to tattle on drivers. Some lawyer out there thinks this was not obvious as of the 2010 filing date.

The severity of the collision is calculated based on vehicle mass. If you're driving a semi and approaching a motorcycle, you're going to die because you have 40 tons behind you. If you're driving a motorcycle and approaching a semi, no big deal because your vehicle weighs a tenth as much as a car. Not much kinetic energy there.

I don't see anything in there to account for other vehicle speed. The assumption seems to be that the vehicle ahead will instantly slow to zero speed. Since braking distance to a stop is greater than normal following distance this device will constantly alert whenever you are in traffic.  But as I said you aren't buying it for yourself. The fleet owner is buying it because a salesman said it would help track unsafe driving.
2013-01-07 11:13:37 AM  
1 vote:
"Fasten your seatbelt or you will be vaporized. You have 10 seconds to comply."
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