Re: What I find most disturbing about the Toyota acceleration issue
- When I first heard of the recall and the troubles with "runaway" motor
vehicles, my thoughts were similar to yours. "Safety" is not built in to
an automobile, any more than the level of skill of the driver.
Unfortunately, the level of skill of too many of today's drivers is so
poor that manufacturers have to build in "safety features" such as air
bags and crash-resistant structures. My wife is not what I would
consider a particularly technical person, but she knows how to turn the
key one click to off (not locking the column) and using the now-manual
steering and one-shot power brakes to remain in control and stop safely.
Aircraft pilots are given varying degrees of training, allowing for
varying degrees of qualification to fly different aircraft. Such
concepts applied to automobile driving would only improve safety, but
the public outcry would be excessive.
Living in Florida, I read often of efforts to require additional testing
of older drivers. I suggest that additional testing of all drivers
should eliminate the "age discrimination" aspect, but it would not
eliminate the oppostion, I believe.
--- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, John Mayson <john@...> wrote:
> I keep hearing over and over in the media about Toyota owners who were
> injured or injured others when their cars suddenly accelerated. This
> a very serious question that no one is asking. Are they driving the
> or are the cars driving them? A driver who is truly in control of
> car will have no difficulty putting the car into neutral or turning
> the engine.
> John Mayson john@...
- On Thu, Feb 11, John Mayson <john@...> wrote:
> I keep hearing over and over in the media about Toyota ownersNot all automobiles use a key to start and stop the electrical system.
> who were injured or injured others when their cars suddenly
> accelerated. This begs a very serious question....Are they driving > the cars or are the cars driving them? A driver who is truly in
> control of their car will have no difficulty putting the car into
> neutral or turning off the engine.
Some use push buttons, and there is not yet a standard to that
interface, in terms of how long to push on the button to power off.