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Hot Weather

Posted in America, Britain, Children, Conservation, Environment, European Union, Modern World, News, Teens, Toxic Waste with tags , , , , on 06/08/2018 by floroy1942

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All over the world the temperatures are getting hotter, and the there seems no end to it. In Europe the weather is climbing, and it will rise in August. When winter comes there will be cold and snow everywhere and the we will be up to our eyeballs in snow.

The weather is changing and I predict it will the heat will be higher next year. People are dying from the heat all over the world and it is getting worse. In winter there will be many more deaths as the cold grips certain countries.

The number of cars on the roads is getting to be bigger and bigger and we have to stop this. These cars are effecting the weather and we have to reduce the cars on the roads. Some people have four cars for the sons and daughters, and this is effecting the traffic on the road. This has to stop.

In twenty years time we will have electric cars on the road, but that is a long time away. In the meantime the pollution is getting worse by the minute, and we will be suffering with the congestion of the atmosphere. Already there is contamination in the air and people breath it in. We have already seen many people die from lung cancer and this will get worse.

I am glad I am seventy-five and I will maybe see eighty before I die, but the young folk will suffer in the long run. We have to do something about it by reducing the cars on the roads.

Roy.

Temperatures

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, China, Environment, European Union, News, Spain, Traffic, UK with tags , , , , on 31/07/2018 by floroy1942

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Its getting hotter and hotter this year and it won’t end until winter comes, and who knows what the winter will bring. In the Middle East its well over forty degrees, and we can expect close to forty degrees in Europe this August. All over the world it is getting hotter and the weather is to blame.

We are contaminating the skies with our with our gases and car exhausts as never before, and this is causing the hot weather. I predict that it will get hotter next year as the contamination gets worse.

We have to do something about it before all of us die from the extreme temperatures. It will get worse year on year as the climate is clogged up with the poisonous gases that we emit. There are too many cars on the road and we have to make sure they are reduced. The entire world is choking with cars and they are are emitting far too much gas. In Marbella we get traffic jams every day during the summer and this has to stop. Not only Marbella, but all across the world in America, China and many other countries there are traffic jams.

They pollute the atmosphere with their exhausts, and some people in China wear gas masks to stop the contamination from getting into their lungs. This will be world-wide in a few years time. Already people are dying from the contamination with lung cancer.

It is time the governments of the world started reducing the number of cars on the road to stop this contamination. It will take a hundred years for the contamination to reduce and we are surely going to die from the fumes.

Electric cars are the answer for they will not contaminate the atmosphere, but how long before all people are travelling in electric cars. It will take years and years before the whole world is using electric cars, and the contamination will get worse.

But what of the power stations for charging the batteries? We must build new power stations for the hundreds and thousands of cars on the road. They will have charging stations all across the world and they must have power to charge their engines. Prices will rise for the electricity and few people can afford it. This will cut down the number of vehicles on the road and this is a good thing.

We have a long way to go to before the world gets better and it will take years.

Roy.

Car Recall Scandal

Posted in America, Britain, England, European Union, Germany, Modern World, News, People's Rights, Theft, Traffic with tags , , , , on 13/10/2016 by floroy1942

Car manufacturers are failing their customers in a steady stream these days, as we see today that Toyota recalls some 340,000 brand new Prius Hybrid cars for problems with the brakes. This is one of a long stream of recalls over the past five years from almost every manufacturer on the planet. Volkswagen, Ford, Citroen and General Motors among many others have had to recall vehicles because of major faults.

Why is this happening? Years ago you could trust a new car to be totally safe and reliable, but now? What is it with these manufacturers that cause this?

In my view it is cost cutting to make more profit, but it is having the reverse effect as the repairs are costing these companies millions. People are spending a huge amount of money to buy a new car, and yet each time it is a lottery whether the car will be recalled at some future date because of a major problem, if it doesn’t kill you first.

Because of these problems people are dying, and it’s not always certain that their relatives get any compensation from the companies involved.

Years ago you could buy anything from a screwdriver to a car and know that it will last you for years, but these days manufacturers like to build in a ‘life limit’ on things produced today. That of course ensures that within a certain period you will be forced to go out and buy a new one. More money for them!

It is without doubt a sad indictment of our times when manufacturers only think of profit and never quality. But let’s face it, almost everyone is at it these days.

Roy.

Is Your Car On The Recall List?

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, European Union, Germany, Modern World, News, Traffic, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 04/05/2016 by floroy1942

With the massive recall of cars of various makes across the world it is evident that manufacturing ‘ain’t what it used to be’.

Takata Airbag Failures - Up To 2015

Takata Airbag Failures – Up To 2015

After the Takata airbag recall, which to date numbers 28.8 million and with a further 40 million suspected units, car manufacturers have been inundated with vehicle recalls for one problem after another.

When you look at the annual recall figures the numbers are astounding: Ford: 434,000 vehicles, General Motors: 4.8 million vehicles, Toyota: 6.4 million vehicles, Nissan: 1 million vehicles, Volkswagen: 160,351 vehicles, Honda: 900,000 vehicles, Tesla: 29,000, BMW: 232,000 vehicles. These are the figures from 2015 and it makes you wonder if its worth buying a car at all.

This year the numbers are far exceeding the totals for 2015 with the Volkswagen and Mitsubishi scandals among other things. Volkswagen recalls have already gone through the roof this year, what with the emissions scandal. As you can see from the photo, only one CEO has resigned. For me it should be all of them.

It is worth remembering that Volkswagen also covers companies controlled by them such as Audi, Seat and Skoda. So far as Mitsubishi is concerned, they have manipulated fuel usage figures inflating mileage results on at least 625,000 vehicles.

One thing is sure, this year many more recalls will happen for one reason or another. It makes me wonder if its worth buying a car at all, perhaps we should go back to the horse as a form of transport.

We are So Very Sorry!

We are So Very Sorry!

The main reason for all these problems is in my view manufacturers wanting to cut production costs just so they can make more profit. There can be little doubt that the age of proper quality in manufactured goods is long gone. Even if you buy an i-Phone these days the projected life is just three years, that is presuming you have no problems within that time frame. So what does that tell you?

When I worked for Rank Xerox many years ago as a quality control inspector, it was my job to tour the production line and carry out tests on various parts that would be built into machines. On many occasions I found defective parts and wanted to have them removed so they wouldn’t end up in copy machines. Each time I was over-ruled by the production managers and the parts still went into the machines. I believe today the situation is far worse.

Takata Airbag Exploding

Takata Airbag Exploding With Shrapnel

It has been shown that some bad parts contained in cars like the Takata airbags, can actually kill or seriously injure the driver. In other cases defective brakes, steering, and even cruise controls have been responsible for deaths.  Thankfully they are very few, but many people have been injured by defective car parts.

Manufacturers don’t care if they get sued by the relatives of drivers who get killed by faulty parts, why should they, for the payout out is probably less than 0.00000001% of their total profits for the year!

Is it not time that governments started clamping down on manufacturing by insisting that these companies get back to the old system of proper quality control? They still call it ‘quality control’ today but it is a shadow of what it once was because the almighty profit must come first. Companies today don’t care a damn if what you buy breaks down so long as it lasts longer than the guarantee period.

The Truth Of It All!

The Truth Of It All!

My wife bought an Apple laptop some time ago and she had endless problems with it. Apple changed it three times for a ‘supposed’ new one which in actual fact turned out to be one that had been refurbished.  It would seem that companies will do just about anything these days to increase their profits. And when you look at it closely, it’s all about making the ‘fat cats’ fatter!

So what of the future? Well, the way things are going at present it looks like it will only get worse!

Roy.

Can You Trust Your New Car?

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, England, Environment, Europe, Modern World, News, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 24/10/2015 by floroy1942
Martin Winterkorn CEO Of VW - Is That It? - No Accountability?

Martin Winterkorn CEO Of VW – Is That It? – No Accountability?

Car manufacturer recalls are becoming normal these days as one after another, customers find faults with their new vehicles. The biggest scandal to hit the manufacturing industry currently is of course the Volkswagen emissions cheat that has put the company in an unenviable position.

Emissions Test

Emissions Test

This scandal is not directly dangerous to those in the vehicle for they have been fitting parts to cars that cheat the emission regulations and this act not only affects Volkswagen but also Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and overseas-brands SEAT and Skoda. So from this you can gather that a great many vehicles have been affected.

The sad thing is that air pollution has become a major worry today with the number of vehicles on our roads which are causing many diseases like cancer among those who breathe in the fumes daily. From this you can understand that cheating an emissions test is putting people’s health at risk, although not directly. But Volkswagen are not the only ones, for many other companies have had to recall their products for one reason or another.

New cars cost a fortune these days, but sadly times have changed for it is difficult to have 100% faith in what you have bought. Eleven vehicle manufacturers have issued recalls because of faulty Takata airbags in their vehicles that have killed more than 10 people and caused the recall of 34 million vehicles. Drivers were killed when a faulty airbag exploded in front of them and sent shrapnel into their face and bodies.

Result Of Toyota Gas Pedal Fault

Result Of Toyota Gas Pedal Fault

Among some of the worst problems associated with manufacturing errors were the Toyota ‘out-of-control’ gas pedal in 2009 and 2010 which resulted in 30 deaths. In 1980 Ford recalled more than 21 million cars for a fault that allowed the gearbox to slip from ‘Park’ into ‘Reverse’ causing more than 6,000 accidents, 1,700 injuries and 98 deaths. In 1995 car makers Honda, Nissan, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, GM, Mazda, Suzuki, Subaru and Isuzu were caught out by a seatbelt failure where the release button jammed and people were trapped in the car by their seatbelts. Since 1980 a total of 50 million cars have had to be recalled by the manufacturers for serious defects.

These are all manufacturing faults that are causing problems for motorists across the world. It makes me wonder how far this trend will go? Are we at some time in the future going to be travelling at 120kph down a motorway when one or all four wheels fall off the car?  It makes you wonder.

VolkswagenIt is a sad indictment of today’s world that manufacturers will take any risk to save a few pounds to increase their profits. Years ago when I was young you bought something knowing you would get literally years of use out of the product because it was made properly without any shortcuts, or as today, a built-in life of a year or maybe two if you are lucky.

The main problem is that people today are fixated on money, and the more they have the more they want. All manufacturing companies take shortcuts, or use items in the manufacture of their product that they know will have a limited life.

I worked for a well-known copier manufacturer in years gone by as a Quality Test Engineer and carried out tests on parts used in the machines to see how long they would last. I also carried out quality tests on products being used to build the machines on the manufacturing line. Many times I found unsatisfactory parts, but was overruled by management who went ahead and fitted them anyway.

Faulty Airbag

Faulty Airbag

That was a long time ago, but now the situation is even worse, as indicated by the use of the Takata airbags which obviously had not been quality tested sufficiently. It is an epidemic where manufacturers concentrate on profit instead of reliability, for they do not care if what you bought breaks down after one year, because they know people these days will just go out and buy a new one. Such is modern life and the sad thing is, no-one seems to be held accountable.

Roy.

The Next Generation Of Car?

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, England, Environment, Health, Nature, News, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 06/11/2014 by floroy1942

Innovation is not dead thank goodness, for there are people out there who continue to advance the world of science, especially in areas where advancement is essential. This is very true when searching for ways to fight the continuing contamination of our atmosphere that is causing global warming, especially considering the grave warnings given out by scientists this last week (see my last post).

Apart from industry, one of the biggest pollutants on the planet are cars and trucks that leave in their wake clouds of CO2 and other pollutants because we use oil by-products to fuel them. So what is all the fuss about?

It would seem that Tata Motors of India have come up with a solution you will never have believed possible. A car that runs on air! That’s right you read it correctly – Air!

The Air-Fuelled Engine

The Air-Fuelled Engine

This is a car engine that runs not on polluting gas or diesel, or even batteries, but just the air around us. Tata Motors of India has scheduled the Air Car to hit Indian streets next year.

The CAT - The First Car NOT To Need Oil Products!

The CAT – The First Car NOT To Need Oil Products!

The vehicle was developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre for the Luxembourg-based company MDI and uses compressed air to push its engine’s pistons and make the car go. The Air Car, called the “Mini CAT” could cost around 365,757 rupees in India or $8,177 US.

Guy Nègre - A Very Clever Man

Guy Nègre – A Very Clever Man

The CAT is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis, a body of fibreglass that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air.  A microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car.  One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and every other electrical device on the car.  Which are not many. The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases or loss of power.

The Catmobile - Just What The World Needs

The Catmobile – Just What The World Needs

There are no keys, just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket.  According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees (80c) per 100 KM, that’s about a tenth the cost of a car running on petrol or diesel.  It’s mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car, a factor which makes it a perfect choice for city motorists.  The car has a top speed of 105 km per hour or 60 mph and would have a range of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels.  Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations with special air compressors.  A fill up will only take two to three minutes and costs approximately 100 rupees ($1.78) and the car will be ready to go another 300 kilometres.

This car can also be filled at home with it’s on board compressor.  It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep.  Because there is no combustion in the engine, changing the 1 litre of vegetable oil is only necessary every 50,000 km or 30,000 miles. Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car. This Air Car almost sounds too good to be true.

As you  can imagine, this invention is not going to be popular with the oil companies if the world switches over to this technology, because they will see their bulging profits fall radically as the demand for oil slumps. If this idea really does take off they will be doing everything they can to sabotage the product, for they do not give a damn that their product is driving the human race to extinction,  just so long as they continue to make huge profits.

If Mr Tata and Mr Nègre  succumb to a mysterious illness or die in an accident, then you know how the the oil companies have reacted, as they have done in the past when faced with the prospect of sudden diminished demand for their oil.

Like you, I will await the outcome of this brave new idea, which will be good for the planet if it succeeds.

Roy.

How Pathetic Can You Get?

Posted in Britain, England, Insanity, Justice, Modern World, News, Politics, Travel, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 04/10/2014 by floroy1942
Unfortunate Number Plate For Argentina

Unfortunate Number Plate For Argentina

I have been reading today about the mess that the BBC Top Gear team have gotten themselves into whilst filming in Argentina. It seems they have now been thrown out of the country, and for what; A car number plate! It would seem someone made an unfortunate choice when choosing a Porsche for the show to be filmed in Argentina, because it had the number plate H982 FKL!

It appears that someone spotted this and linked it to the failed 1982 invasion of the Falkland Isles by Argentina, which eventually started an uproar in the country culminating in the team having to abandon three cars and get out as quickly as possible.

Car Damage From Rocks Thrown

Car Damage From Rocks Thrown

The BBC has been accused of using that specific number plate as a provocation but Andy Wilman, executive producer for Top Gear, said on Thursday: “Top Gear production purchased three cars for a forthcoming programme; to suggest that this car was either chosen for its number plate, or that an alternative number plate was substituted for the original is completely untrue.”

All three cars used by the presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were pelted with rocks, and even the support vehicle used by the rest of the crew. According to reports the cars were abandoned at the roadside, and the production team escorted to the airport where they boarded a plane out of the country.

Top Gear Team

Top Gear Team

It is not the first time the Top Gear presenters have been involved in controversy, there have been many such episodes in the past. Perhaps that is why the programme is so popular all across the world. Jeremy Clarkson has been hauled up in front of the bosses on several occasions for verbal gaffs during a show. But I have to say, I like the show very much because it does not bow down to the ‘holier than thou’ pundits of this world.

It is true that the subject of the Falklands is a very touchy subject in Argentina because they claim the islands belong to them. Their invasion in 1982 failed dismally when Margaret Thatcher sent a task force to unseat them. Once that decision was taken their army didn’t stand a chance.

Our Hero's

Our Hero’s

The whole episode was only a means of distracting the Argentinian people from the state of the country under the then military dictatorship. For the last few years the current president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been using the same tactic to distract the people from the current economic hardship the country is suffering.

Every now and then she bleats to anyone who will listen that the Falklands are Argentinian territory and they want them back. Most of this has happened since large amounts of oil were found beneath the waters around the islands. Either way, she will not get them.

The Top Gear team are once again in hot water and I am sure David Cameron will get a visit from the Argentinian Ambassador in the days to come. How this will end is anyone’s guess.

Roy.

Driver-less Cars and Something No-one Has Thought of Yet.

Posted in America, Britain, England, Environment, Europe, Modern World, News, Traffic, Travel, UK with tags , , , , on 19/08/2014 by floroy1942

I was sitting here reading about driver-less cars being allowed on roads in the United Kingdom, and a thought struck me (No, it didn’t hurt).

There seems to be one aspect of driver-less cars that no-one seems to have thought out yet. How do you insure such a car?

Suppose you are reading the newspaper behind the wheel of your trusted driver-less car and there is a failure on a circuit board somewhere and you hit another car?

My thought was, who pays for the damage to the other guys car, and  yours. Most will think, “Oh it will be my insurance”, but, when the circuit failure is found you may not be the one to get the bill.

Now the big question comes, if there is an electronic failure with the car that leads to an accident, who pays, your insurance or the car manufacturer?

The insurance companies have a lot of work on their hands rewriting their policies for accidents when it come to this new phenomenon, and I think it will be tricky.

Either way, if you buy one – Good Luck!

Roy.

The Flying Farce

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Insanity, Modern World, News, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 01/11/2013 by floroy1942

I read a report today that we can expect flying cars to take off within the next few years. The report indicates that this could be the mode of travel for many in the future, but to be honest, I doubt it.

The Future?

The Future?

A vehicle of this type would need not only certification from the body governing aircraft, but also from those who regulate vehicles on the road, but manufacturers seem to think they can satisfy both requirements. At the moment there are such vehicles but they are still restricted to taking off from airports and not from the road.

Companies are currently developing flying cars that will take off vertically, presumably from just about anywhere, but that is a few years down the line. It will be strange to see cars zipping along the highway with a set of wings folded down each side, but even stranger to see these wings unfold and then for it to take off on the road ahead. Even scarier would be a situation where you are driving down a road and see one land in front of you!

Inside A Flying Car

Inside A Flying Car

What gets me about this whole scenario is the inevitable chaos we can expect if this sort of thing becomes the norm in the future. Can you seriously imagine cars taking off and landing on roads and zipping across the sky like a flock of out of control birds? I sure as hell can’t. We have enough chaos on the roads as it is what with careless drivers, drunken drivers, speeding drivers and those on drugs. Every day of the week there are hundreds of thousands of crashes across the world and now they want to give these people the opportunity to fly! The mind boggles!

Look to the sky anywhere in the future, and especially in or near big cities, and we would probably have the significant possibility of mid-air collisions and could find these things dropping out of the sky like pigeon excrement! Its one thing to say we would have traffic lanes and avoidance systems built in, but they are not infallible with an idiot behind the wheel. A crash on the road gives you at least a reasonable possibility of surviving, but from hundreds of feet in the air, no chance! And what about those underneath who are going merrily on their way only to have some idiot drop on top of them. For me, I have to say that we have more than enough problems on the roads without adding the chaos to the skies above us.

City Traffic Of The Future?

City Traffic Of The Future?

I too have seen the sci-fi movies where flying vehicles move around a city in orderly fashion in specific lanes, but does anyone really think such a thing will work in practice with the crazy individuals we see behind the wheel of a car these days? I for one don’t hold out much hope, plus the fact that those vehicles usually operate on an anti-gravity system which is a lot different than relying on a propeller.

It may be possible that a few of the rich and super rich will avail themselves of this new phenomena but hopefully it will never get into the hands of ordinary people. Looking at the price quoted by one company, Terrafugia, their Transition model will be available for the princely price of a mere $280,000 (£173,000) which is only a little less than what you would pay for a Cessna Skyhawk fixed-wing plane, so the chances are slim at best. The company has already received around 100 orders for the new craft, so when they begin to roll off the production line, it might be a good idea to keep one eye on the sky just in case some pilot/driver has had one too many, if you know what I mean.

Roy

So The EU Wants To Limit My Speed

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Insanity, Modern World, Police, Politics, Spain, UK with tags , , , , on 03/09/2013 by floroy1942

It has just been announced that the EU is planning to have all cars in Europe fitted with automatic speed limiters that will come into effect every time you pass a speed limit sign. Well for my money they can kiss my backside! While some may believe that it could cut down on accidents I very much doubt it. The reason I think that is because in my view most are caused by driver crass stupidity, alcohol, drugs, or mobile phones.

How The System Works

How The System Works

It is said the system will involve camera’s being mounted on every car to read the available speed limit signs, and a black box somewhere in the car which will beam it on to a satellite from which the command will come back to apply the brakes. It seems the system will have three options, Firstly it will give an audible warning, secondly it will slow the car down but give the driver the option of turning the device off, or it will be mandatory.  I think the ‘mandatory’ bit is certainly fraught with danger, audible warnings will often be disregarded and if you can switch it off what’s the point of having it in the first place. Doesn’t make sense to me! What about when a lorry or van is parked on the side of the road obscuring the speed limit sign from the camera? Oops – we haven’t thought of that!

Whooosh And Its Gone

Whooosh And Its Gone

Can you even begin to imagine what this ‘law’ would do to the stocks and shares of Ferrari, Lamborghini and other super fast car manufacturers? I simple cannot imagine a Ferrari being restricted to a maximum of 70mph which is the top speed limit in the UK reserved for motorways. The only country in Europe where you would be able to ‘let-rip’ would be Germany, because I can never see them accepting something as crass as this.

The EU plan is for every new car to be fitted with the device and they plan, apparently, to make it law that all cars already on the road must have it fitted. As a car owner I wonder who is going to pay for this contraption (there is no other word for it) to be fitted to my car? Me? Not bloody likely!

Having lived on the Costa del Sol in Spain for a several years now I can attest to the stupidity of some drivers, in fact I have frequently said most of them here should not be allowed to control a kiddie’s three-wheel bike, let alone a car. On four separate occasions at a particular set of traffic lights on a junction in Marbella I have almost been rammed in the side by idiots who think red lights don’t apply to them. You see it on the roads here every day.

Marbella A7 - One In The Middle Lane One In The Outside Lane And Not Another Car In Sight

Marbella A7 – One In The Middle Lane One In The Outside Lane And Not Another Car In Sight

They love the outside lane on two lane carriageways and the middle lane on three-lane motorways. Very often there is no traffic at all on the inside lane, and everyday you see people overtaking a line of cars on the inside and then forcing their way into the next lane when they come up behind a slow lorry or car.

Coming back from Malaga airport recently on the main three-lane motorway, I saw a black Porsche weaving from one lane to the next at high speed, overtaking in any lane that had a gap. I have no idea if he got to his destination, but if he did God was certainly working overtime to keep him alive.

I am aware this sort of behaviour is mostly in the south, for many drivers in the north of Spain are a little better, but when you drive in many countries of Europe as I have done, there are bad, and stupid, drivers in every country. Watching their antics makes you wonder how they ever got their licence.

Just About Right For Some Drivers

Just About Right For Some Drivers

The case for alcohol and drugs causing accidents is well known and  I will not go into it here. But how about the mobile phone? Millions of people answer their mobile while driving, and almost as many are guilty of doing such silly things as texting while driving. All very stupid, for there is no way you can have your brain and  eyes on the road when you are fiddling with the phone trying to type out a text message. It just cannot be done, for the phone requires 100% of your attention. This is often when accidents happen.

Some Statistics - Note The 77%

Some Statistics – Note The 77%

With mobiles in mind, I have said before that the only way to cut out this hazard is for there to be a very short-range jammer fitted on all cars that will prevent the receiving and making of calls while the engine is running. It can be a signal that shuts down the phone completely until the engine is once more switched off. Some will argue, well what about the passengers? Well, to answer that, what if the device was fitted into the steering wheel boss and the beam only covered the drivers position? Signal strength, range and spread can be tailored these days with any radio type device. But that is just an idea, and it will not get the stupid people off the road.

There can be little doubt that the two major accident causes still remain stupidity and alcohol. So far as stupidity goes the only answer there may be to have an automatic device that will lobotomise the driver if he does something silly, but that will take at least 75% of drivers off the road and we can’t have that, but come to think of it, wouldn’t it be heaven, and the planet would love us too. To combat the drunks maybe we need to fit all cars with a breathalyzer in the steering wheel too and the car won’t start until you pass the test.

Motorway

Motorway

Either way I do not see the EU proposal as doing anything useful except maybe causing more accidents in situations where a sudden burst of speed can get you out of trouble. I agree with the commentators who have said that the EU has become a ‘nanny’ state, and I for one am sick of them trying to impose on everyone these idiotic ideas that have not been thought out properly. The only transport system that will totally remove the problem of accidents will be robotic cars where you can relax reading the paper while the car takes you to your destination automatically. Until then EU:- Shove it!

Roy.

Self-Drive Cars – Are They Viable?

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 17/01/2013 by floroy1942

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is normally all about the latest innovations in electronics, but there have been some interlopers this year that have drawn significant interest – namely cars, or to be more exact, self-driving cars.

Sergey Brin Of Google

Sergey Brin Of Google

It is widely presumed that at some future time you will be able to read the local newspaper or catch up on some work while driving to the office. If you are hung-over from last nights party you could even get some extra sleep, but for today however, its still science fiction.

After reading some reports on the development of self-drive cars it becomes clear that we still have a long way to go despite the fact that Governor Edmund G Brown Jr. of California has signed a Bill allowing driver-less cars in the State after riding in a Prius upgraded by Google and ‘driven’ by co-founder Sergey Brin.

BMW On The Road

BMW On The Road

There can be little doubt that the technology is available today for the production of these vehicles, but at the moment the hold-up is that its not quite ready for the job because no-one wants to drive around in a car that has antenna’s sticking out all over it. Given time however, these problems will be overcome and we will see the first versions going into production. In my opinion it may take another ten years but the time is fast approaching.

The big question in many people’s minds is: Would you trust your life to a box of electronics built into your car?

Pilots In The Cockpit Make Everyone Feel Comfortable

Pilots In The Cockpit Make Everyone Feel Comfortable

We have for many years had the technology for pilot-less planes that will take-off, fly you to your destination and land without any human intervention, but the truth is, no-one wants to fly in an airliner that does not have a pilot at the controls. In the back of most people’s minds there is the fear that something may happen that is outside the scope of a box of electronics to fix. Many passengers still don’t realize that apart from the take-off and landing the flight is controlled by the ‘box of tricks’ in the electronics bay anyway. Apart from the final 200 feet or so landings can be automated where bad weather does not allow the pilot to see where he’s going.

Toyota Lexus Experimental Car

Toyota Lexus Experimental Car

So what about cars? Your daily commute to work or the wife’s shopping trip could be fully automated but would you step into such a car knowing that although you sit in the drivers seat you are nothing more than a passenger? I believe in the majority of cases the answer would be: No way! As humans we like to feel we are in charge and its our decisions that count so to hand over control to a bunch of circuit boards and wires would indeed be a big step. I can well foresee that eventually we will get over our phobia’s but it will take a long time and we will need a lot of convincing.

Could Be A Problem!

Could Be A Problem!

Several auto manufacturers have been experimenting in this area including Toyota, Ford, BMW, Audi and Lincoln and much progress has been made, most of it in the right direction thankfully. Driver-less cars have been tested on our roads for a very long time, and the funny thing is, no-one has ever noticed even though the manufacturers have notch up thousands of miles. One thing is for sure it won’t have been the idiot tail-gating you on the motorway!  

All manufacturers hope driver-less cars will greatly reduce the number of accidents on the worlds’ roads, which is admirable. As you can imagine, where the car goes will be dependent on a sophisticated navigation system that ensures you end up in the right place. Its no good you wanting to go from Las Vegas to Chicago and end up in Ontario Canada.  

One Task Left To Us Humans!

One Task Left To Us Humans!

I’ll leave you with one last thought: Will driver-less cars also fill their own petrol tank when required or will that mundane chore be left up to the human passenger?

Roy. 

Need A New Car? Try Walmart!

Posted in America, Insanity, Modern World, Traffic, Travel, USA with tags , , , , on 15/07/2012 by floroy1942

By now Wal-Mart customers are world famous for their fashion sense, but what about the cars they drive? If you are in the market for a budget priced car you might want to try Wal-Mart.

Unique Trunk Design

   

Missing Fender, No Problem

With Special Safety Seat

Unique Design

  

Own You Own Camper

  

Body Needs A Little Work

  

Missing Door Handle – No Problem

 

Can Also Be Used For Washing The Car

 

Special Security System Installed

 

Wide Angle Rear Mirror Included

 

Guess My State!

 

Airbag May Be Inoperative!

 

‘Get You Home’ Feature Built In

 

 

Wide Tyres Fitted

 

Pickup Anyone?

 

Wipers Extra!

 

 It’s nice to know that cheap cars are available for those that need them, and as we all know, Wal-Mart is something special in the design of clothes. Let us hope they never expand into other fields like aircraft, trains and shipping.

My thanks to the anonymous photo donor.

Roy.

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