Keep it sim­ple, stupid

Campbeltown Courier - - LETTERS -


Self-driv­ing cars and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle pla­toon­ing are sub­jects for crit­i­cal path anal­y­sis and grad­ual in­cre­men­tal de­vel­op­ment, if at all.

But right now please can we have trunk roads and lesser roads with­out pinch points.

Please can we see an end once and for all to the one­piece plas­tic bumpers which do noth­ing to ab­sorb en­ergy on im­pact and of­fer no pro­tec­tion to ve­hi­cle body shell, driver or pas­sen­gers.

In­surance for vans is about to rise steeply so let’s start with bumpers com­pris­ing six­teen sec­tions snapped to­gether, so that own­ers of these vans and cars can sim­ply or­der one, two, three etc re­place­ment sec­tions which may be sim­ply snapped to­gether with no need to in­volve a re­pair garage or in­surance provider.

Bumpers should be mounted on re­tractable tracks sim­i­lar to those on our fil­ing cab­i­net draw­ers so that in the event of col­li­sion or mi­nor trig­ger­ing or touch­ing, the en­ergy is dis­si­pated by sim­ple rack and pin­ion, or by hy­draulic damp­ing sys­tem.

No dam­age, no prob­lem, no in­crease, rather a re­duc­tion, in in­surance pre­mi­ums.

Dun­can Iain MacDougall, Glen­dale House, Tar­bert.

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