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Technical Associate - Sponsored Research Staff (Temporary) Interview Cambridge, MA

Suppose the driver of a push-button ignition vehicle finds

  his/her vehicle is suddenly accelerating out of control. What would their first reaction be? What improvements need to be made to today's systems to address this?

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If the driver is outside the vehicle, his/her initial reaction would run after it.
If the driver is in the driver's seat, his/her initial reaction would be "slam on foot padle[s]" (hopefully the brakes) and grab the steering wheel.
Excluding involuntary/limbic/fight or flight'reactions.
Hmm, today's systems I shall first assume refers to the vehicle. In that case, A steering sensor which cuts power to the engine if the wheel has close to zero resistance relative to its torque baseline as the vehicle accelerates. That same system can be applied to engage the brakes.
If we are talking about systems in general, the dealership can simply inform/emphasize to the buyer that the vehicle doesn't use keys...

maricar on Feb 2, 2017

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