Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-21-0043

Debugging the Driver: Cause and Effect, Delusions of Adequacy and the Supporting Technologies of the Automotive Social Experience 2002-21-0043

Do the same thing over and over and over and expect different results? Crazy! This guy needs therapy.
The objective is safe, efficient travel/transport. Newton, Darwin and Malthus gave us some guiding principles.
Cars don't crash, people crash them. They crash them often and they have been crashing them for decades. Unless something is done, we can expect the same in the next decade(s). Perhaps a better car would help.
“Iceberg Strikes Titanic”, the New York World (newspaper), April 14, 1912
If we could only build and equip a better boat.
The interface between man, machine and mobility is complex and less than ideal or desirable. The collective behavior of the driving population (188 million, U.S.) has long been considered the ‘lowest common denominator’ in the progress equation; unreliable and difficult or unlikely to improve. Given that equation, perhaps, the population should be restricted from the control of their own “personal discretionary mobility” … “for their own good”. The property damage, injuries and fatalities are meticulously documented in gruesome proportions. Society has acclimated to these unfortunate sociometric norms, these decades of kinetic consequence.
“When will you decide that it's good enough?”
TV character Ralph Cramden to his wife Alice, Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows on the “Honeymooners”
Can driver behavior be further improved to become an ‘integer’, a positive component … contributing to the sum of both individual and common good?
The “intelligence potential” of the driver(s) is the least developed resource.


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