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Are automobiles killing motorcyclists and cyclists ‘by design’?

More Vintage motorcycles

According to the UK Police, many road traffic accidents are caused by “driver inattention” – pulling out without seeing an approaching motorcycle

Driver automation (driverless cars) is not the answer as it risks making drivers even more inattentive.
We know using smartphones whilst driving is dangerous, but banning their use may be only part of the solution to the problem.

Cottingham.tv is investigating car design and how it impacts on motorcyclists safety.

Modern cars appear to have front and side window blind spots, caused by increasingly large window pillars that may be causing “pulling-out errors” leading to serious road traffic accidents where the narrow motorcycle can’t be seen. Older drivers are increasingly distracted by in-car infotainment systems

http://www.hstoday.com/safety/ntsb-fatal-crash-involving-tesla-autopilot-resulted-driver-errors-overreliance-automation

 

More radical solutions are proposed, including safety aids for the elderly car driver – to be continued ..

For full details please contact nicholasrobinsondesign@gmail.com

Comes Great Responsibility?

 

Koenigsegg takes automobile acceleration to a whole new level!

Despite the drive to make modern plug-in hybrid vehicles become more economical and less polluting, do they offer driving enjoyment?

For a view of current future thinking from Jaguar Land Rover, follow the link. The editor thinks that automotive design engineers have been denied a major opportunity to enhance rather than detract from the performance of IC engines! If enjoyment were a fundamental starting point for car designers and engineers rather than managed tick-box objectives, such mismatches of feel and engagement with economy and performance could be avoided in the future.

Conclusion: will new ‘designer-led’ leadership brush away all the bureaucracy?

The author thinks that with so many alternative futures being developed over the last decade including: – alternative fuels, lightweight materials, hybrid drives, flexible manufacturing, driver seating, driverless technology, automatic parking and drive by wire technology – coupled with the fall in global fuel prices and automotive sales – that the industry now needs effective leadership as it is now spending too much on in-house ‘runaway R&D’. This involves technology cramming and churning (adding horses for courses), further pushing-up showroom prices for products the customer no longer desires (quote)!

That leadership should be driven by driving pleasure and not a ‘race to the bottom’ caused by organizational bureaucracy taking-over key positions in large organizations! If organizational bureaucrats are the ‘donkeys’ and automotive engineers are the ‘angels’, then surely the angels are being led by the donkeys!

As a test you can ask yourself: if bureaucrats tend to create more bureaucracy in organizations by promoting their own kind, then look no further than the menu-driven displays and controls in modern vehicles today where you can see their mind-sets in action!

Your  comments please to Cottingham.tv

For enquiries relating  to the editor’s independently-patented IP, contact the inventor nick4182@hotmail.com

Nick

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