"If you could get hit by any car in the world".....Better cars to get hit by.

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  1. medea macrumors 68030

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    New regulations require carmakers to think about protecting people their cars run over.
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    Some methods are relatively low-tech. Take the hood of the new Mazda RX-8. Instead of being made of a flat sheet of steel with a few widely spaced supports, the RX-8's aluminum hood has a deeply dimpled structure underneath, designed specifically to provide extra cushion. Honda has also implemented passive protection measures like break-away windshield-wiper hinges. (Wipers are another damaging point of contact as the pedestrian slides headlong toward the windshield.) More advanced technology is now in the works that will help meet more demanding pedestrian safety tests set to be in place in Europe by 2010. One system involves a front bumper detector that can tell, almost instantly, whether a car is hitting a hard object, like a wall or light post, or a human leg. If a strip of fiber-optic detectors spanning the front bumper indicates that the car has struck a person, the hood of the car immediately moves slightly up and straight back, providing a few crucial inches of extra cushioning above the engine. Airbags housed at the base of the windshield will also instantly inflate, providing a protective cushion over the wiper blades and windshield.

    And now for the disappointing part:

    You shouldn't expect to see more advanced systems like this on cars in the U.S., though, said Patrick Jarboe, a spokesperson for Autoliv. Certainly, unless regulators here required such pedestrian protection, consumer demand would not drive adoption of the systems, which would add about $200 to the price of a car, he said.


    http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/22/pf/autos/pedestrian_safety/index.htm
     

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  2. Ambrose Chapel macrumors 65816

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    i was hit by a jeep wrangler while riding my bike some years back. amazingly, i only got some scrapes and a mildly sprained wrist.

    as for us automakers, didn't lee iacocca lobby nixon to keep airbags out of cars b/c it would increase the price such that the big 3 couldn't compete with overseas manufacturers? i <3 this country
     
  3. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816

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    I'd wnat to be hit by a Mini Cooper! That wouldn't do any more than give you a somewhat pleasant tap on the ankle.

    This comes from a person that has three times in his life been hit by cars (Spare me your comments). Bear in mind that none of the cars actually hit me, they only hit my bicycle. I think the Mercedes was the most pleasant though. It actually sent me airborne, which was quite exciting to me as an eleven year old.
     
  4. Raid macrumors 68020

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    Re: "If you could get hit by any car in the world".....Better cars to get hit by.

    While it's all well and good to have better saftey designs in a car, I'd rather be hit by one that costs over $100,000. That way when I (or my next of kin) sue we know the S.O.B. is rich!;) :p :D

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  5. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    The SNL car in the fake commercial - the one made out of adobe :D

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  6. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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    I really like to get hit by a parked go kart....
     
  7. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    wow, my old thread spawned references in new thread titles. that's what I live for, baby!

    this is an interesting find, medea. Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Why, a Ford Pinto, of course. Might as well go out in a blaze of glory!
     
  9. yamabushi macrumors 65816

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    One of those cars covered in grass. Or shag carpet.

    How about a parade float covered in paper and flowers?

    Anything to give a little extra cushion. Plus any of these would make for a great story.

    "How did your suit get all covered in grass stains?" "You'll never believe me.":D
     
  10. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    LOL people are actually collecting Pinto's thinking there classics, although they are classic Death Traps!
     
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  12. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020

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    now, i too would like to be hit by a parked go kart:p

    seriously, i would make sure it is a small car, as not to do as much damage as an SUV could do. anything but an SUV :rollseyes:
     
  13. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Its for sure 100%:

    Ferrari Enzo.

    1. If you survive its a miracle.
    2. If you survive and can you the person you are guaranteed tons of $$.

    :p
     
  14. teabgs macrumors 68030

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    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!


    that's awesome!!

    I saw a tow truck towing a tow truck once. That was sweet.
     
  15. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020

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    might the person get ramped over the roof and into something behind the car, like another car? just thinking here.
     

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  16. Freakk123 macrumors regular

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    If I were to get hit by a car, I would want it to be a smartcar silverpulse. I'd get out with nary a scratch!:D
     

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