Call for TMA against Truck Terror

Heavy truck with rear mounted energy dissipating barrier.
Truck Mounted Attenuator, TMA. on a heavy truck with brakes applied on all wheels. TMA is required in Sweden at temporary road works to protect both road users and workers. Therefore, numerous TMA vehicles are available for hire and may be used to protect crowds against sick or evil drivers. Estimates indicate that a 24000 kg truck like this could have stopped the 12000 kg truck used in Stockholm on April 7 within a braking distance of less than 10 meters.

The April 7 terror attack in Stockholm became more dangerous due to roadblockers in the Drottninggatan street. A strike by a 12000kg truck at 70km/h may eject an unrestrained 1000kg concrete block at 100km/h.

Well anchored stationary devices may stop the truck chassis, but if the barrier is too stiff, truck parts will become separate projectiles threatening people downstreams, like in the video below.

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Volvo Driver Support Guide

Modern Volvo Cars offer great driving pleasure and safety with the Driver Support option. However, functions contained vary significantly between series and Model Years. Submit your questions for me to answer with free clarifying tables.

Driver Support Controls and Indicators in front of driver of a Volvo XC60 MY2015
Four active Driver Support functions in a Volvo XC60 MY2015. 1:BLIS, 2:ACC a) set speed b) leading vehicle speed c) actual speed, 3) time lag behind leading vehicle, 4:RSI. Text in upper right corner is in Swedish informing about the contents and its 23rd position in the Christmas Calendar of 2015. Separate photo (clicking on photo leads to post in Swedish)

The Driver Support option was introduced by Volvo in Model Year 2009 of the XC60 SUV. Since then, the DS package has been extended with new functions and improved performance varying between manufacturing weeks and model series.  Fortsätt läsa “Volvo Driver Support Guide”

Ignorant use of black box data prevents car safety development

Hazard detection and safety development is threatened by driver-blaming use of recorded pre-crash data from cars involved in accidents. Inhuman system properties remain undetected, if reconstructions focus on individual guilt.

The Nightly News video clip below and its transcript indicates a belief that “making cars safer” is a simple and reactive task to be carried out by “police and insurance companies” after accidents.

Nothing is said about multi-causal analyses and inter-disciplinary syntheses for proactive educational, technical and organizational improvements in the road traffic system.

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The public and authority attitude to accident “causes” seems embarrasingly equal to that of witchcraft centuries ago. Safety-irrelevant but illegal or immoral deviations from normal behaviour are alleged to blame an individual for accidental damage, though it is unintentional by definition.

Thereby, complex interactions and unknown hazards in the biological, technical and social systems may remain unknown to strike other individuals in various future combinations.

Thanks, Scott Baker, for sharing the video
in the LinkedIn Group Accident Reconstruction.