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Old 03-14-2014, 10:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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They are all speed traps. The jerks even put the speed limit signs behind a shrub or tree so you will miss them and get a ticket for 10 + over. I always make sure someone is passing me on 13 or I just go below the limit.

Last exit before the Bay Bridge Tunnel, turn right on Shore drive. The first street (with another traffic light) on the left is named after my grandfather (father"s side).

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I usually am going 0-5 over and people are always passing me. I know more than one person who has gotten a ticket for doing 68+ mph. And yes, there are police all over the place on 13 and 113.

I'll check out the street next time I am up that way.

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Old 03-15-2014, 12:03 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Have you noticed, all of these new tech toys that make cars cost more money, are things we can already do without assistance from our cars???

Cbaber's Poor Mans Car Safety Tech:

1. Blind Spot Monitoring - Learn to adjust and use your mirrors. Maybe even look over your shoulder once and awhile.

2. Lane Keep Assist? Put down your phone, stop beating your kids, and pay attention to driving.

3. Mercedes-Benz: Attention Assist (<<< love that name lol) aka sleep detector - Don't drive tired, drink coffee, have a friend drive.

4. Ford Foot activated lift gate - Open your hatch BEFORE you go pick up stuff, use a grocery cart instead of 2 armfuls of groceries, have kids so they can carry crap for you

5. Automatic headlights/wipers - Pay attention to your driving conditions, flip a freakin switch
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:43 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Of course, I agree with cbaber, but the fact remains that almost all accidents are avoidable, and yet people still crash.

While your points are all valid, I still look forward to the upcoming technology. Much of it should not cost a lot once it becomes standard. This is incremental technology on the inevitable path towards autonomous cars.
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Have you noticed, all of these new tech toys that make cars cost more money, are things we can already do without assistance from our cars???

Cbaber's Poor Mans Car Safety Tech:

1. Blind Spot Monitoring - Learn to adjust and use your mirrors. Maybe even look over your shoulder once and awhile.

2. Lane Keep Assist? Put down your phone, stop beating your kids, and pay attention to driving.

3. Mercedes-Benz: Attention Assist (<<< love that name lol) aka sleep detector - Don't drive tired, drink coffee, have a friend drive.

4. Ford Foot activated lift gate - Open your hatch BEFORE you go pick up stuff, use a grocery cart instead of 2 armfuls of groceries, have kids so they can carry crap for you

5. Automatic headlights/wipers - Pay attention to your driving conditions, flip a freakin switch
1. Wait that's what those mirrors are for? not for make-up?
2. But wait, I have to send this one last text.
3. I couldn't even fall asleep if I were to drive a Mercedes, I'd be so intrigued by all of the different buttons I can push.
4. This is technologically advanced... in the show room floor, then they forget about it 2 months later
5. just let's the computer have more control of the car.
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The more crap you put on a car, the sooner than car goes to the crusher, in some cases for a single one of those "options" everyone has to have. With this scenario I have seen cars go to the crusher because one power window regulator failed. It was the drivers side and was required to function to pass inspection.

The more responsibility assumed by the vehicle for the safe arrival of the passengers, the less attention paid by many drivers. I guess the rationale is if you fall asleep at the wheel the car should just take you there.

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If Audi installs a system like this, traffic engineers are duty bound to actively work against it, I would think!

I saw the idea some time ago of timed traffic signals that display a countdown to the next change. That would work for everyone.
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Old 03-15-2014, 01:37 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Yeah, but, then, already distracted drivers would have to "think" about a descending count-down sequence, which would be beyond the already "taxed" mental capacities of most of them (wink,wink)!
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*For every dollar not spent on traffic light synchronization the US loses $62 ,in 1988 dollars.
*For every dollar spent on traffic light synchronization the US saves $62,in 1988 dollars.
*Audi would save $9.3.
*Traffic engineers could save $62.
*With traffic engineers,200-million automobiles @ 16.8 mpg.
*With 7-yr-olds designing traffic infrastructure,200-million automobiles @ 28 mpg.
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I have a coworker with a mercedes suv with the blind spot monitoring. We were parallel parked and in a tight spot. It took quite a few tries to get out. Once we thought we were clear it kept beeping.Turned out there was a guy parallel to the passenger door on the drivers side. We were soo concerned about the car that parked in front of us we didnt think about some fool just driving around us.
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The more crap you put on a car, the sooner than car goes to the crusher, in some cases for a single one of those "options" everyone has to have. With this scenario I have seen cars go to the crusher because one power window regulator failed.
You have a point, but in my experience, I've had many manual window cranks break on older cars, but not a single power window motor.

If a component is built properly, it shouldn't be an issue.

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*For every dollar not spent on traffic light synchronization the US loses $62 ,in 1988 dollars.
*For every dollar spent on traffic light synchronization the US saves $62,in 1988 dollars.
*Audi would save $9.3.
*Traffic engineers could save $62.
*With traffic engineers,200-million automobiles @ 16.8 mpg.
*With 7-yr-olds designing traffic infrastructure,200-million automobiles @ 28 mpg.
Very interesting. Do you have a source for further information? I've always intuitively known that traffic management is where the real savings are, but it doesn't seem to get the intelligent thought it deserves.

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