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(Network World)   Those crash-proof cars? yeah they're gonna be awhile   ( divider line 9
    More: Cool, radio spectrum, prevention, United States Department of Transportation, V2V, notice of proposed rulemaking  
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1662 clicks; posted to Geek » on 04 Nov 2013 at 8:01 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-11-04 08:20:40 AM  
There is a serious move toward adding ever-more technology to cars in an effort to reduce accidents that take 32,000 human lives a year and cause some 2 million injuries.

Those numbers look like the numbers for the US alone. Apparently them foreign types ain't human.
2013-11-04 08:41:09 AM  
In an accident there are really three crashes:

1. Your car vs other car (or tree or building, etc)
2. You vs your car (car suddenly stops moving, you do not until restrained by external forces (seat belt, steering wheel, etc))
3. Your brain vs the inside of your skull

It's crash #3 that is the hardest to ameliorate.
2013-11-04 09:20:05 AM  
Nothing will be crash-proof. Your vehicle can't predict a bridge failure, tree limb fall, or sinkhole opening. But whatever automated systems are adopted, they will be amongst the most well-tested and safest.
2013-11-04 10:28:43 AM  
Meanwhile, here's a guy working on a bear-proof suit.
2013-11-04 10:33:57 AM  
You can't call them crash proof as long as there are stupid manual drivers on the road. farker making a last second four lane crossing on a freeway, or coming to a complete stop because he's missed the exit and needs to back up to get off instead of getting off at the next and circling back.
2013-11-04 10:52:37 AM  
It might be better for privacy if the transmitters on the vehicles just emitted some repeating random pulses that changed every time the car was started.  And in infrared, not radio.  Cheaper to install, no spectrum licensing, easy to detect and retrofit.  Then the cars could just track each other like with Wii remotes.
2013-11-04 01:55:57 PM  
They don't need to be 100.00000% crash-free.

They just need to be better than humans.

That won't be as hard as everyone is assuming, it just has to be better than the current system that kills 32,000 Americans a year.
2013-11-04 07:16:39 PM  
This will work for me:
2013-11-04 09:04:41 PM  
because as soon as something is idiot proof, along come improved idiots!
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