Learned to drive in a '58 Chevy BelAir, 283, 3 on the tree. Bought a 56 VW Beetle, 1200CC, 4 on the floor. I discovered that the perception of acceleration was relative! Dream car was my '61 Jag XKE followed by a '58 Mercedes 280 SL. I want the Jag back! Again, perception of acceleration was relative. The Merc was probably a little faster off the line but the Jag was ever so much more entertaining. Suicide doors make sense in a Rolls. The object is to get the driver and passenger the opportunity to enter and egress with grace and dignity. As far as cameras go, what ever happened to situational awareness? I love to drive, no matter the platform and I check mirrors virtually constantly. If a vehicle exists in my blind-spot, it must have been transported from the Enterprise because in any other circumstance I'd have seen it. Camera's would seem to detract from situational awareness, not contribute to it.
I agree with you, TJ. Many years ago, when I tried Cadillac's Night Vision technology, I found myself driving in fear. I worried that I would be looking at the Night Vision screen when I drove off the road.
Cameras....added technology for no reason again. It's good to know at least two other people know how to adjust mirrors. I laugh at the people who's face I can see in their side mirrors, you know they are clueless head turners.
I learned to drive in my all-time dream car, a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan. 390 ci 325 hp, air conditioning, air suspension, stereo FM radio, and dashboard dial controlled cruise control. All leading edge at the time, and oh, what a boat.
Looking at the Rolls Royce and noticing how the door opens the opposite of what we're used to brings back memories of terror. The rear doors on our 1948 Packard were hinged on the rear. The door was a bit ajar, and I wanted to close it. Being very young, I didn't know that opening it and hanging onto the door handle would fling me into oncoming traffic. I trust they have adequate safeguards built into this modern vehicle.
I couldn't agree more about properly setting your mirrors to remove blind spots. I also put small convex mirrors in the corners of my mirrors and you can use those as a quick look reference. It takes a little getting used to the mirrors in the new positions, but once you understand how to use them and how much safer it is, you'll never go back. I showed my wife and now she insists on the same mirror setup. You'll never need to crank your neck around to look behind you again! And at this point, I would rather have set my mirrors and add on two $2 mirrors than pay for some $3k non-intuitive camera system.
I see that several companies have finally started to add in the additional mirror as part of the standard package. Very nice!
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.