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Roadkill Experiment: Turtles or Snakes - Which do cars hit more?

NASA scientist decided to test the hypothesis about people will swerve more to hit turtles over snakes…

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crackberry by MattHurst on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Update: as featured in this blog post about the Blackberry josieallchin.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/rant/
Also featured in this blog post comparing sales in Apple and RIM’s app stores www.macgasm.net/2010/04/27/apple-has-more-than-ten-times-…
Featured photo in this post about why you should back up your Blackberry untetheredoffice.com/backup-your-blackberry/
And in this post about the possiblility of RIM splitting the company up into two business units www.uproxx.com/technology/2012/06/blackberry-might-split-…

crackberry by MattHurst on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Update: as featured in this blog post about the Blackberry josieallchin.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/rant/

Also featured in this blog post comparing sales in Apple and RIM’s app stores www.macgasm.net/2010/04/27/apple-has-more-than-ten-times-…

Featured photo in this post about why you should back up your Blackberry untetheredoffice.com/backup-your-blackberry/

And in this post about the possiblility of RIM splitting the company up into two business units www.uproxx.com/technology/2012/06/blackberry-might-split-…

We Go to Hell: Woman Tries to Drive a Motorized Scooter up an Escalator

To the surprise of a 56-year old woman from Boston and no one else (we hope…), trying to ride a motorized scooter on an escalator can have damaging effects on your well-being and…personal dignity.

Surveillance camera footage from the Broadway MBTA Station showed the middle-aged woman attempting to hitch a ride on the escalator (instead of using the elevator) and flipping over in the process.

With the help of a by-stander, the woman got up on her own two feet, shaken but not hurt. She then walked down the elevator all by herself – just in case you were wondering…

(vía Carscoop)

New Video Shows Jeep Grand Cherokee’s Tires Pop Multiple Times in Moose Test

In the latest episode of the Jeep Grand Cherokee saga, the Swedes at Teknikens Värld have released new video footage of the subsequent tests that were performed after the SUV failed the infamous moose test.

Following a second test with a different Grand Cherokee that produced similar results, the Swedish magazine summoned a group of Chrysler engineers who insisted that the car be loaded with 470kg (1,037 lbs) or 132kg (291 lbs) less than Jeep/Chrysler’s own registered maximum payload of 602kg (1,327 lbs).

The magazine pointed out that with a driver and four adult passengers, there’s “hardly any margin for luggage” if they adhered to Jeep’s 470kg payload demand but agreed to do the test nevertheless.

We should note here that in the previous moose tests the Grand Cherokee failed, Teknikens Värld packed the car with four passengers and sandbags with a combined weight of 602kg (1,327 lbs) as well as 502 kg (1 106 lbs).

Even though the Grand Cherokee Overland 3.0 CRD V6 was less prone to flipping over with the significantly lighter payload, it still exhibited dangerous handling in the moose test at a speed of 69 to 70km/h (43.5mph), while the magazine said that in the presence of Chrysler representatives, the front tires popped seven times in three different cars.

Chrysler’s official line is that Teknikens Värld overloaded the car, something that the magazine denies citing the car’s certificate of registration at the Swedish Transport Agency “Transportstyrelsen”, while the automaker has not yet addressed the fact that the tires pried off the rims in the tests performed in front of its engineers.

When a reader asked about the tires coming off the rims on the Detroit automaker’s official blog, Chrysler Group LLC Editorial Director-Online Media Mike Driehorst gave this response:

"The Grand Cherokee is an award-winning SUV with an exemplary safety record. The magazine used an overloaded vehicle in its initial evaluation. Chrysler Group takes seriously any safety concerns and continues to analyze data from the second evaluation, but the wheel-lift seen in the first round did not reoccur."

So putting aside the debate on the maximum payload weight, Chrysler has still not explained why the Jeep’s wheels popped during the tests that were performed in front of its own engineering team.

(vía Carscoop)

And the Award for the Luckiest Russian Alive This Month Goes To…

Somewhere in the Russian city of Orenburg lives a man who should feel extremely lucky and grateful to have walked away unscathed from a very violent accident that took place at a gas station last week.

It all began when a thoughtless driver of a dump truck attempted to turn into the petrol station at the same time that a bus full of passengers was coming from the other direction.

In the video footage shot from inside the bus, we see the crash as it happened with the two vehicles slamming into each other and then heading towards the gas station where our lucky protagonist was filling up his vehicle.

Amazingly, while the bus and the truck crashed into three more vehicles including, a van, a Toyota Corolla and a Ford Mondeo, the man who was caught in the middle of all this chaos, managed to avoid being hit.

Russian news sites reported that only one passenger from the bus was treated for some minor injuries.

(vía Carscoop)

Drama: Teknikens Värld Defends Moose Test Findings, Chrysler Says the Magazine Cheated

In its first response, the Detroit carmaker said its engineers tried to “reproduce the wheel-lift in a properly loaded vehicle” without success. 
Chrysler pointed out that neither Teknikens Värld was able to recreate the original event in a subsequent evaluation of three vehicles performing 11 runs, which were conducted by the magazine on July 8 in Sweden and witnessed by the automaker’s engineers. 
According to Chrysler, "The uncharacteristic result was obtained using a vehicle loaded beyond its weight specifications." 
Teknikens Värld notified about its latest posting that rebukes Chrysler’s claims saying that the aforementioned moose test with the Jeep Grand Cherokee was conducted according to strict parameters that were followed “to the smallest detail”.  
The magazine added that in the subsequent tests, the Grand Cherokee either went on two wheels or the tires pried off the rims.
"In every performed moose test with Jeep Grand Cherokee, the car either went up on two wheels and was close to overturning or the tires were pried off the rims due to the heavy forces," wrote Mattia Rabe, Edito-in-Chief of Teknikens Värld.
"When we performed the moose test with Chrysler/Fiat present the car manufacturer’s representatives on site provided the loading of the car. Then the tires were pried off the rims instead of going up on two wheels like before. A total of seven times, the tires were pried off the wheels, a very serious error that we have only seen once before – with Skoda Superb in 2010," he said.
We should note that the Swedish magazine has not yet published (at least not online) any photos of the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s tires sliding off the rims. 


(vía Carscoop; the vídeo)

Drama: Teknikens Värld Defends Moose Test Findings, Chrysler Says the Magazine Cheated

In its first response, the Detroit carmaker said its engineers tried to “reproduce the wheel-lift in a properly loaded vehicle” without success.

Chrysler pointed out that neither Teknikens Värld was able to recreate the original event in a subsequent evaluation of three vehicles performing 11 runs, which were conducted by the magazine on July 8 in Sweden and witnessed by the automaker’s engineers.

According to Chrysler, "The uncharacteristic result was obtained using a vehicle loaded beyond its weight specifications."

Teknikens Värld notified about its latest posting that rebukes Chrysler’s claims saying that the aforementioned moose test with the Jeep Grand Cherokee was conducted according to strict parameters that were followed “to the smallest detail”.

The magazine added that in the subsequent tests, the Grand Cherokee either went on two wheels or the tires pried off the rims.

"In every performed moose test with Jeep Grand Cherokee, the car either went up on two wheels and was close to overturning or the tires were pried off the rims due to the heavy forces," wrote Mattia Rabe, Edito-in-Chief of Teknikens Värld.

"When we performed the moose test with Chrysler/Fiat present the car manufacturer’s representatives on site provided the loading of the car. Then the tires were pried off the rims instead of going up on two wheels like before. A total of seven times, the tires were pried off the wheels, a very serious error that we have only seen once before – with Skoda Superb in 2010," he said.

We should note that the Swedish magazine has not yet published (at least not online) any photos of the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s tires sliding off the rims.

(vía Carscoop; the vídeo)

Swedish Magazine Claims that New Jeep Grand Cherokee is “Lethal” in Moose Test (and a Statement from Chrysler Group)

Grand Cherokee “Moose Test” Invalid; Vehicle Overloaded

Chrysler Group engineers are investigating a Swedish magazine’s evaluation of the 2012 Grand Cherokee. During the evaluation, the publication was able to capture images of a Grand Cherokee on two wheels as it performed an extreme maneuver in an overloaded condition.

Advised of this event by the magazine, Chrysler Group engineers made numerous attempts to reproduce the wheel-lift in a properly loaded vehicle. Extensive testing produced no such result.

A subsequent evaluation was conducted by the magazine July 8 in Sweden and witnessed by Chrysler Group engineers. Three vehicles performed 11 runs on a course prepared by the magazine. None reproduced the original event.

The uncharacteristic result was obtained using a vehicle loaded beyond its weight specifications. The Grand Cherokee’s weight limitations are clearly stated on the vehicle and in the owner’s manual.

Also, the extreme maneuver performed by the magazine is not certified by any regulatory agency, nor is it used to establish any sanctioned safety ratings.

Chrysler Group takes seriously any safety concerns and engineers are examining the event to better understand the magazine’s claims.

A “Top Safety Pick” of the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 Grand Cherokee is an award-winning SUV that features Electronic Stability Control and Electronic Roll Mitigation as standard equipment. It meets or exceeds all government safety mandates and its outstanding performance has made it the most awarded SUV in history.

(vía Carscoop)

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