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Posted On May 8, 2013By adminIn People and what they drive

Driving in the Dark

Despite sounding like something from a futuristic sci-fi film, automotive night vision has been around for almost fifteen years. Because these systems can only be found on high-end models (with a steep additional cost), most ordinary drivers never see one. So is it worth buying and installing such a device? Is it safe? And, most importantly, does it look like something from a bad ass Batman movie? The first automotive night vision system appeared on the Cadillac Deville in 2000. It consisted of a barely comprehensible green and black blobRead More
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People come in all different shapes and sizes, with near perfect abilities and with limited abilities. How should vehicles be designed to be safer for all? How can common denominator vehicles be modified or adapted to make them safer or “better” for people to drive? Let’s start with the learner driver. The technology to limit the speed of vehicles has been around ever since the carburetor was developed. A simple mechanical governor can be placed to prevent the flow of gas going above a preset level. That was then. Today,Read More
Learning to drive and pass the test is only the first step. Then it’s up to you to gain experience in the different types of road conditions for the rest of your driving career. A good driver never stops learning. In the early days, the vehicles themselves were not very safe and considerable skill was required to keep them on the road long enough to get to your destination. Modern drivers have never known the time when breakdowns were common. Every driver had to become familiar with the usual rangeRead More
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Posted On May 8, 2013By adminIn People and what they drive

Learning to drive

Like all physical skills, learning to drive depends on your ability to coordinate hand and feet movements with what you can see. If anything is likely to interfere with this activity, the state has difficult decisions on deciding whether each individual applicant is allowed to learn. Although this sounds easy, it’s actually quite difficult to avoid offending people because of their age or “disability”. This is, of course, a joke. No dog would be allowed on the road in America. This is not necessarily the case in New Zealand whereRead More
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Posted On January 7, 2013By adminIn Comment and fun

Stamp out this selfie menace

We’re starting off with two completely unrelated piece of information (as if). In classical Greek mythology, there was this cool dude called Narcissus. He was one of the first real celebrities. As one of the best hunters, he was not only a dead-shot with the bow, he was also drop-down gorgeous. It was said women would faint away on catching sight of him. Needless to say, this made him rather proud of his appearance. As was his nature, Nemesis decided to test him so lured Narcissus to a pool ofRead More
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Human nature has a traditional approach to the future. Unless there’s a particular reason to worry, most people just assume everything will turn out alright. This is particularly true when it involves an everyday activity whether it be cooking or driving. Most people of average ability assume they can produce the standard fare to eat on high days and holidays. The family has gone through the ritual time and time again throughout the years. Why should anything go wrong this time? It’s the same when people jump into their vehiclesRead More