HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
REGISTER   |   LOGIN   |   HELP
Comments
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
benmlee2
User Rank
Gold
Unintended Effect of Fool Proofing
benmlee2   7/13/2012 4:55:10 PM
NO RATINGS
There has been study done to show high mileage cars waste more gas. You car gets higher mileage, so you drive more, and end up using more gas. Also been well documented that more roads don't solve traffic. More road = faster traffic = more cars.

There is a parallel with this obsession with fool proofing. Like spoiling a child. Cars have air bags, crash proof bumpers, ABS, stability control, roll over control, traction control, auto brake distribution, awd, active yaw control. Drivers are worst than ever. They change lanes without looking, talk, eat, text message, look at gps. They know an accident is just an inconvenience to the shop.

Like flying an airplane. Most of them were made in the 60's. You know an accident will kill you, so you check everything before a flight. You examine every crack and know what a fatigue crack looks like.

Car designs are already highly regulated and standardized for safety. So much that people don't bother to learn how to turn off the engine before going on a freeway! Then they blame the manufacture for using a push button. Would you do that in an airplane, and not know how to operate the landing gear. People do that with cars because they come to expect everything to be handed to them when they need it.

If you were flying an airplane with a floor mat, you would check to see if it interfere with the rudder. Why would people not do that with a car. Because they come to tolerate some risk. We all do. But with 300 million people, that some risk means someone will die. Is a one in a lottery winning chance, but someone will die, then we all say how unsafe everything are.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
Connected sensor-enabled applications will improve the consumer experience -- and generate new revenue streams.
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
Printrbot unveils its all-metal Printrbot Simple, bringing durability to low-cost 3D printers.
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service