Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The article “Another Toyota Experiences a “Stuck” accelerator pedal,” from AOL Autos tells of a 2008 Toyota Prius that experienced a malfunction in the car’s onboard computer, this can be very dangerous to drivers and anyone around a wild car. A man was driving his Toyota on a California highway when his accelerator pedal started accelerating without him pushing it. Today, new cars a very computerized, in fact some cars don’t even have a traditional steering column that can be used if power steering fails. This man tried everything to slow his crazy car but nothing worked. He even tried turning off the car but Toyota recently decided that electronic buttons are better than the traditional manual keys. When nothing worked to slow his car down the man tried to turn off the car but the electronic button was not working and therefore the car continued on its dare-devil race. This relates to education because students are taught to act in a safe manner but making these cars completely electronic was not acting in a safe matter. This relates to the world because if this car had accelerated on neighborhood roads instead of the highway many people would have probably died.