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Old 03-20-14, 02:28 PM   #1
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Could we make this an actual safety feature?

Just read about the truck that sideswiped the cyclist while hauling a mattress, amazing stuff! And the cyclist is very lucky indeed. Part one of the article is the cyclist http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending...182736065.html

Could we get this to work intentionally?
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Old 03-20-14, 04:03 PM   #2
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Just read about the truck that sideswiped the cyclist while hauling a mattress, amazing stuff! And the cyclist is very lucky indeed. Part one of the article is the cyclist http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending...182736065.html

Could we get this to work intentionally?
It would be nice, but unfortunately most of the trucks I've run into (figure of speech) are carrying much harder stuff. However, it's an amazing piece of good luck, and the rider might consider buying a lottery ticket.
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About a dozen years ago, the EU was looking into requiring airbags on the hoods of cars. It turns out that a large percentage of the pedestrians who are killed by motorists suffer their fatal injury when their head strikes the hood of the car that hit them. The EU couldn't figure out how to make the airbags deploy on impact, so they shelved the idea. The last I heard, they were considering how to make the top surfaces of cars softer, but manufacturers have mounted a successful defense. Maybe we should just strap mattresses onto the hoods of cars.
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It was likely the mattress that hit the cyclist. No mattress and the cyclist may have never been hit.
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About a dozen years ago, the EU was looking into requiring airbags on the hoods of cars. It turns out that a large percentage of the pedestrians who are killed by motorists suffer their fatal injury when their head strikes the hood of the car that hit them. The EU couldn't figure out how to make the airbags deploy on impact, so they shelved the idea. The last I heard, they were considering how to make the top surfaces of cars softer, but manufacturers have mounted a successful defense. Maybe we should just strap mattresses onto the hoods of cars.
The EU implemented new pedestrian impact design standards for the front of vehicles sold in the EU, that is why the low slopping hood lines have disappeared from new models.
http://www.autonews.com/article/2012...ars-due-in-u.s.
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