Interesting technology but…

EDIT
jSchwa found a link to the actual video you can check out here (wmv)

I keep hearing about this, but I don’t think it’s quite ready for prime-time:

In the programme, Mercedes drives 3 S-classes behind each other. The first car hits the brakes, and the two following cars brake down automatically, to avoid a crash. In theory. In practice, the first car braked, and the two others continued right into the back of each other, resulting in a 3-car pile-up at the test site.

In the article they go on to say that the problem was the hall where the test was conducted. It was made of steel.

So, what happens if you need this to work while you are on a suspension bridge? Or some tunnels?

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4 replies on “Interesting technology but…”

  1. Actually, Jalopnik had another article that points out that Mercedes knew of the problem with the hall, but chose to go ahead with a “simulated” demonstration. Those responsible have been sacked.

    It does beg the question, however; what real-live circumstances “simulate” the hall? Being boxed-in by 18-wheelers?

    Having just driven several hours today in DC’s rush-hour traffic, I would loooove the ability to have the car maintain a cushion (literal or figurative, but my wife would *definitely* have issues with stealing the couch cushions…) between me and the car in front. I’m happy I’m not driving a manual today.

  2. It does beg the question, however; what real-live circumstances “simulate” the hall? Being boxed-in by 18-wheelers?

    …on the Golden Gate Bridge perhaps? Or the deck of the USS Carl Vinson boxed in by F-14’s? There has to be a roadway someplace that has a steel road surface, right?

    I’m still waiting for my damned flying car! With auto pilot! We all saw the Jetsons, we know what’s what. Where is my flying car!!!!?!!?!! :)

  3. “works perfectly in all other circumstances” – very believable; as if they have successfully tested all other circumstances.

    Just a gadget to sell to people and encourage them to take even less care on the road :(

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