Detroit—Some interesting statistics came out during the recent Firestone
tire recall on Ford sport-utility vehicles. Ford used data from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make a case for the relative safety of SUVs. The information it presented showed the overall occupant fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles lower for compact SUVs than passenger cars (left). However, while frontal impacts in cars had the greatest fraction of fatalities, rollovers in compact SUVs accounted for nearly two-thirds of all deaths in those vehicles—a sobering thought given SUVs' higher center of gravity making them more prone to such accidents—and the reason for Ford's introduction of its rollover protection package in 2002 Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers (see Design News , 10/02/00).
No numbers were quoted for death rates in vehicles colliding with SUVs.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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