Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Car Wars


C3-PO:  "Where are you going, you annoying little Droid?"

R2-D2:  "Ploop, whistle, pfffrrrattttt....."

C3-PO:  "What do you mean we mean we have to get Back to the Future?  And why are you melding Movie Storylines?"

R2-D2:  "Bbrrrraaff, spliff, doink, vrooom, vroooom!"

C3-PO:  "Why would anyone do that?"

R2-D2:   "Whistle, splazmatt, quinona!" 

C3-PO:  "Because the Emperor is making them?  There is NO Emperor in America you non-sensical pile of bolts!  You have lost whatever lone clue you once had.  You need your drive reformatted."

R2-D2:  "Brazt, prrat, zzzzzzzzzz, Brack Hooozain Zobama!"

C3-PO:  "Oh, him?  I'm sorry, you're probably right...  There's always an Emperor somewhere, and we're all out of Jedi Knights."

The two Droids release an electronic sigh, turn towards the east and begin their long walk home in silence.
 




Associated Press 3:59 p.m. EDT August 18, 2014U.S. moving to require cars to talk to each other
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.




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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in all new vehicles.

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The technology uses a radio signal to continually transmit a vehicle's position, heading, speed and other information. Similarly equipped cars and trucks would receive the same information, and their computers would alert drivers to an impending collision.

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A car would "see" when another car or truck equipped with the same technology was about to run a red light, even if that vehicle were hidden around a corner. A car would also know when a car several vehicles ahead in a line of traffic had made a sudden stop and alert the driver even before the brake lights of the vehicle directly in front illuminate. The technology works up to about 300 yards (275 meters) away.


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If communities choose to invest in the technology, roadways and traffic lights also could start talking to cars, as well, sending warnings of traffic congestion or road hazards ahead in time for drivers to take a detour.


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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the vehicle-to-vehicle technology "the next great advance in saving lives."


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"This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether — saving lives, saving money and even saving fuel thanks to the widespread benefits it offers," Foxx said.




Light Saber Optional, not all drivers will qualify, see dealer for details

In 2011, the average cost of a new car sold in America was $28,400.

In 2014, this cost figure rose to $31,252.  Why?  Higher labor costs, higher materials cost, and, you guessed it, Federal Regulations.  Back-up cameras, optional in some vehicles today, will be required in 'most' vehicles for Model Year 2018.  How do you define 'Most' vehicles, I have NO Earthly idea, but rest assured, your car will be required to have it whether you like it or not.  And yes, you'll be paying several hundred dollars more for it than you are paying today.
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In 2014, the NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wants, no it N-E-E-D-S you to have your own 'R2-D2' on board to assist you in...
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Not killing yourself.  Presumably because you and I are 'Too Stupid to Live.'

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And, BONUS! What better to implement the much discussed 'Mileage Tax' than to provide a little black (please be aware that this is NOT a racially-charged descriptor) GPS which will tell anyone listing (and oh yes, they will be listening, once again, for your own good) where you have been, how long you have been there, and how far you've driven.


Agencies of the Federal Government continue their overreach into our daily lives because 'it's what they do'.  And in the years since 2008, they do it better than they ever have done it before.

Do you want the Federal Government to have a box in your car which controls 'all aspects' of your vehicle's basic operation?  You know, goofy things like braking, engine starting (maybe yes, maybe no), lights on / off control, and continuous tracking of your every auto-related movement in America?  Well, just keep sending the guys who are IN Washington BACK to Washington.  They don't seem to have a problem with someone else being your driving 'partner' in the future - especially if that partner is a Federally-mandated Black Box in your personal vehicle.

As for me, gosh golly, I kind of DO have a problem with it.


But hey, that's just me...  

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