I have heard it all now...

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"New car helmet in final testing phase

Final tests will be carried out in the next few weeks on an
Australian-designed car helmet.

The head gear is designed to protect the occupants' forehead and temples,
where the most serious injuries occur in crashes.

The head of Adelaide University's Automotive Safety Research Centre,
Professor Jack McLean, says he took the design to a specialist Japanese firm
several years ago. He says it said a huge market was waiting.

Professor McLean says while bike helmets for car drivers and passengers are
better, they are impractical.

"If you just sit still you can put a helmet on but the moment you turn your
head on the side you find you're bumping it on the sides of the car," he
said"
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:07

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:07
You for or against.... I reckon it's inevitable.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:48

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:48
Couldnt think of anything more stupid personally...
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:48

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:48
Couldnt think of anything more stupid personally...
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Reply By: uther - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:15

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:15
oh yeah whooopeee can't wait....NOTTTTT!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:26

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:26
There is a report in the Advertiser today on how the academics have produced a report that says the alco limit should be 0.02 instead of 0.05. What planet do these guys live on???

In a perfect world we would not drink and drive at all but realistically there would be a civil revolt if the limit was reduced. 0.02 is effectively zero as only one drink may put you over. We are talking about background levels here!

I don't like road deaths more than anyone else but there will always be SOME. Human error cannot be eliminated, only minimised. We cannot be wrapped in cotton wool all our lives.

Steven
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Reply By: Ray (Geelong) - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:46

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 21:46
It's a cert and I'm picking that vic will be the first.
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 22:02

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 22:02
I new a bloke up in Darwin who used to drive his Suzuki soft top whilst wearing a m/bike helmet. We all laughed at him and thought that he was nuts. Maybe he had point after all and was just a bit ahead of his time:-)
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 22:26

Tuesday, Apr 13, 2004 at 22:26
It has got me thinking. Specially offroad. I could be convinced. ... head injuries are big. Yep. My first reaction was that it was a bit dumb.... but, well if the law said that you had to have helmets for the kids...before long people would look at your kids not wearing them and think you didn't care..... dunno...... I remember seat belts coming in... then all cars had to have them.... then the law said you had to wear em. Now I put mine on sometimes down the paddock. ... then again I have even found myself indicating to go around a tree!
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Follow Up By: Mister Jelly Bean - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 10:02

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 10:02
"then again I have even found myself indicating to go around a tree!"
Royce, you don't know how good I feel reeding that comment. At least I only do it going around a bend sometimes. LOL
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 12:36

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 12:36
Came across a GQ on it's roof on Monday near Craigs Hut and the driver was very lucky. The drivers side was crushed and you would be almost convinced of wearing a helmet after seeing it!

Leroy
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Reply By: Savvas - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 04:42

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 04:42
What next? Airbags that jump out of you shirt shoulders if you fall down the stairs at home?

Also, if the specialist Japanese firm said several years ago "a huge market was waiting", then it has likely stolen the idea and is already selling it in Japan.
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Reply By: Baldrick - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 07:58

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 07:58
I personally knew people who would be alive and well today if they had been wearing some sort of head protection while driving. Not as silly as it sounds but it should be a voluntary thing.

Who would drive around without seatbelts if they weren't compulsory? Lots of Yanks do, infringes their civil liberties or something.
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Reply By: VWR - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 09:44

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 09:44
I see thewy are also developing airbags for bumbers to protect pedestrians - may take some of the heat out of the bull bar debate
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Follow Up By: Jon - '88 TD42 GQ - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 14:03

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 14:03
Hows that going to work? You hit the pedestrian, the sensor goes off, inflates the bag and throws the pedestrian back into the road? That'll work.

Or they'll use a nice IR sensor or something so if you ever come within a foot of a car park wall its $200 to get the airbag repacked....

I just LOVE progress.
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 15:08

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 15:08
Honda was working on a system where if you hit a pedestrian or other object, sensors in the bumper trigger the bonnet to be raised about 6 inches from the windscreen to effectively "catch" the body and cushion the fall. Apparantly the worst injuries happen when the pedestrian pushes in the soft bonnet and impacts on the solid top of the motor.

They are always thinking of some new idea or other.

Steven
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Follow Up By: Jon - '88 TD42 GQ - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 15:15

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 15:15
Guess their bonnets are softer than the ol' GQ. Mind you, I struggle to go fast enough to hurt a pedestrian anyway! ;)
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Reply By: Baldrick - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 14:49

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 14:49
Anyone read any Larry Niven?

When will someone develop stasis fields??
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Follow Up By: Foss - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 15:37

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 15:37
that's the shot, a pedestrian stasis suit thats triggered by proximity to moving bullbars. think of the fun you could have playing ping pong with stasis protected pedestrians.
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Reply By: ThePublican - Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 17:37

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2004 at 17:37
Was a time not ALL that long ago that our population was 75% of what it is now,,NO helmets for m/cycle req ,NO seatbelt req, Open road speed limit was unrestricted as long as not "deemed " dangerous by mr.plod,, road technology consisted of one lane each way,,a new fangled device, the blow in the bag breathalyser,green or yellow crystals set at .08,,,,,,,,30 years on ,,all the advancesin vehicles/roads ect,,all the laws and restrictions imposed,,as a nation we still manage to kill ourselves in a greater % per than we did "back then ",,
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