My recent road trip lead me to the motor city. Actually, to Dearborn, the headquarters of Ford. If you ever visit Dearborn, it’s pretty amazing to see the Ford campus. The first time I visited, it reminded me of a college campus in its size. There is also the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village if you’re looking for something touristy to do…
Do you have any idea of what those engineers are doing when they are trying to ensure your safety? I’ll admit that I’ve learned quite a bit over the years. For instance, part of the reason why the fuel economy isn’t as good as we may like is because of the weight of the safety features. But what about those safety features?
I was sitting in a new Flex. By me sitting in the passenger seat, there was a sensor that was able to tell that I was over a particular weight. Because of this, the passenger airbag was engaged. If you are under the weight threshold, the airbag could be too powerful and therefore will not deploy. Why is this technology necessary?
I don’t have any kids of my own. But from what my friends and relatives tell me, it is illegal to have your child riding in the front seat. Does the law stop people from putting their children in danger and letting them ride in front? Nope. In come the car companies… Creative engineers now have to design safety systems that are idiot proof.
There has been a lot in the news lately about American car companies. The media doesn’t paint a pretty picture of them. But really. If you know anyone working at one, you know that they’re working hard and doing more for less, just like the rest of us. And they’re looking out for the idiots too.