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Old 05-10-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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CNBC: "Surviving a Car Crash"

From http://www.cnbc.com/id/47079556/SURV...RSDAY_MAY_10TH
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"Surviving a Car Crash":

There are few things Americans love more than their cars. The problem: our cars donít always love us back. Every year in the U.S., car crashes take tens of thousands of lives and injure many more, costing us nearly $100 billion in medical care and lost wages. But now, innovations in medicine, psychology, engineering, and even the military are increasing survival rates. Surviving a Car Crash explores the technology that could reduce the biggest risk facing drivers today - themselves.
I've been seeing ads for this and will be recording it tonight. Looked ok from the ads but I'm not so sure now given the description.

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Old 05-10-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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Roll Cages are good. I survived a roll over with just a few cuts and bruises.
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It was insightful but overall just ok. It wasn't a must watch.

I didn't know that the involuntary startled reflex that we have (in theory, as protection) which kicks in if we're rear-ended actually can make the potential for injuries even worse. So, it's better that the reflex is triggered before the crash like via a sound or tightening the seat belts.

I wonder if the pre-collision system warnings in some cars are actually intended to do just that. I've seen some demo videos of the Prius w/the advanced technology package (which has PCS) and a message that says "BRAKE!" will show up, accompanied by beeping. I believe the seat belts will tighten up too.

There was an test near the end where they increased a driver's cognitive load. I'd have trouble completing that task if I were driving.

The experimental windshield system that GM was working on was interesting. It would be really cool to have something like what they were showing.

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