And again, I found I had let politics slide (out of sheer frustrated boredom). So it is with little content beforehand that we get to the business of the day:
The story was perfect for the evening news. A man, driving his environmentally friendly Toyota Prius, finds himself barreling down the highway at a terrifying 94mph (if that's the max, it's a reason for me, the leadfoot, to buy one), with cell phone in hand, an extremely playable 911 tape for the record, and a CHP escort. I haven't looked, but since it's Cali, I'm sure there's video too. And this in the wake of issues of the Toyota accelerator recalls.
All this courtesy of the big evil corporation that won't let the unions in, doesn't care about safety if it costs money, and probably ships babies in for the top executives to eat. Which means we need our Big Brother in the federal government to swoop in and save the day.
Federal Government Cannot Explain Runaway Prius Incident
Toyota came up with the same thing in their preliminary analysis. The brakes do show the sort of damage that comes from holding both the brake and accelerator down. However, no one testing the car could duplicate the incident,
So while it's pretty obvious something happened, (not another Balloon Boy incident), nothing is obvious, and no one knows exactly what is causing this.
Eventually, someone will figure out what the problem was. And my prediction (with that near-infinite wisdom I'm legendary for) is that it's going to be something that was mandated for safety, emissions, and the like was conflicting with the parts from two different manufacturers, which had software from the third, which was changed after some regulation in California was clarified by a court because somebody sued after the car jerked too hard while hitting the brakes and they spilled their skinny decaf latte (If you're going to drink the shit, enjoy the calories and caffeine!). And the problem only occurs when there's a dip in power and an internal chronometer syncs up with Greenwich mean time while another component designed to measure voltage inverts something because someone five cars away is streaming porn on their iPhone. In other words, it won't be a simple answer, and no one in particular will be to blame.
But the poster child for the victimization of the little man by the corporate titan (that also happens to be competition for the government-owned car companies) is now just another person that is confused why a tangle of hardware, software, mandated controls for every damned thing, red tape, and bullshit might have a rare intermittent glitch in one out of many thousand.
And in the resulting ambiguity, I'll note the asshattery that results.
(And speaking of asshattery, I wrote 99% of this post Monday afternoon, and then opened the computer back up over a day later when I realized I forgot to type the last sentence and then hang up.)