webeleafowners wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:21 pm
GRA wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:35 pm
webeleafowners wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:22 pm
The guy must have been asleep...or high...or just a moron.
Or, he was just a typical human being who's subject to distraction/zoning out for any number of reasons (this has never
happened to you even when you're in complete control of the car?). Who's encouraged to do so by a system which can handle most routine driving chores, but not the uncommon* situations which are the most likely to lead to accidents, and one which, as cwerdna notes, very few owners understand the limitations of.
* Or even common ones, like cross traffic.
Nope. There is more to this story. Was he texting, distracted, he had like a week to see it coming. No rational person would wait for Autopilot or any systym to react to what was obvious something blocking the road in plain daylight. More info will come out.
Aargh! I'd written a long, detailed reply, but when I went to post it MNL said I had to sign in (again!), and when I went back after doing so it had disappeared. It's happened more than once.
Of course he was distracted/ zoned out. Such systems encourage that behavior, and even well-trained, highly competent commercial/military pilots who are fully aware of such system's limitations are liable to do the same given long periods where little or no action is required of them. The average driver lacks those advantages, so expecting better behavior from them is unrealistic, which is why highway engineers design roads and supporting equipment (signs etc.) to allow for human behavior as it is, not some rarely attained ideal. They believe it is their moral if not legal responsibility to do so. Do you believe companies designing vehicles to travel on those roads are entitled to be held to a lower standard?
As examples of such human factors road design my original post discussed engineers adding curves and grades to long straight sections to avoid highway hypnosis, Bott's dots/rumble strips, lane, center and shoulder lines, Jersey barriers in medians and guard rails on curves, sign colors, shapes, sizes, fonts and placements, etc. You'll have to do your own reading on those, cause I'm not retyping all that on my phone. A good place to start is "The Road Taken" by Henry Petrosky: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-road- ... q=28403125
and if you really want to do a deep dive there's M G. Lay's "Ways of the World: A History of the World's Roads and of the Vehicles that Used Them":
https://books.google.com/books/about/Wa ... ead_button
For a real snoozefest there's the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices", all 860 pagesof it: thanks to it anywhere you drive in the U.S. you'll see signs and signals that mean exactly the same thing, a situation that took several decades after the intro of the automobile to come about, with the attendant higher accident rate due to driver confusion when in an unfamiliar area, until standardization was achieved:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Manual-on-Un ... vgQAvD_BwE