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Check out this video of a truck being towed up a mountain road when it slid to the side and tipped over the guard rail and plunges 200ft. Luckily the tow lorry driver jumped out just in time but the Lithuanian truck driver went down with the larger lorry……But don’t worry, the lucky man was ok!
A word of advice: The next time you’re cruising the streets of Vilnius, Lithuania in your luxury ride and are suddenly beset by the urge for a cup of tea or pack of cigarettes, don’t just pull over and leave your vehicle illegally parked in a bike lane. Seriously. Mayor Arturas Zuokas aren’t amused by such antics.
While some people might be content to leave tickets on their windshields, the good mayor recently realized owners with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and Rolls-Royce keys in their pocket not be dissuaded by such minor punitive action, so he decided a better parking enforcement tool might just be running over the car in a tank…. i wonder if his insurance will cover him?
Scientists at the University of Bologna reckon they’ve developed computer software that will let cars communicate with one another on the road, and therefore reduce accident rates.
In fact, the technology should bring motorway pile-ups down by as much as 40 percent if the Italian researchers have got their sums right. It would differ from current systems by knowing exactly what has happened up ahead on the road.
The software has so far only been assessed in computer simulations, but is supposedly set to undergo road tests in Los Angeles in conjunction with Toyota.
The system will be connected through mobile wifi and alert each other via acceleration sensors. If a car in an accident experiences a sudden change in velocity, this message would be relayed back to other cars equipped with the technology.
Current systems, such as adaptive cruise control and automatic braking, rely on radar and only notice an obstacle when it is directly in front of the car. Not quite a talking Pontiac that can solve crimes but it’s getting there!
Professor Gustavo Marfia told the BBC: “By letting cars talk to each other, we can see what happens kilometres ahead – whereas current technology, instead, allows cars to perceive an obstacle only when it is physically in front of them,”.
The system could work either through a device fitted to the car, or via the driver’s smart phone. It would pass on the information to the cars around it that are also able to receive it, which would then in turn pass the message further back down the line of traffic.
“When the signal is sent out, the car that is in the best condition knows that it has to forward the alarm signal – and so it does,” said Professor Marco Roccetti.
A great concept, whether it will work and be put into practice is doubtful, but even if it could save one persons life it will be worth it.