Tuesday, March 30, 2010


WSJ--The Obama administration has asked the National Academy of Sciences to undertake a broad study of the use of computer technology in cars, responding to concerns prompted by the Toyota Motor Corp. safety recalls.

The academy, which acts as an adviser to the government, will look at all car manufacturers during the 15-month study. The group will examine the potential for computer glitches and interference from electromagnetic signals to cause a vehicle to accelerate beyond the driver's control, among other issues, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

The administration has also arranged for scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study the Toyota recalls specifically, including whether electromagnetic signals, and not faulty gas pedals or floor mats, may have caused sudden acceleration of Toyota vehicles.

WB7: Just remember which blog had an aeronautical engineer opine on Toyota's problems first...
Link:  here and here.

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