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10.0 Safety of Life:

10.12Current Direction of Automakers:

For the most part, our current street vehicles incorporate none of these lifesaving features while continuing, however, to improve speed, acceleration, entertainment systems, style and power options. There is no substantial protection at head level in any car except for that afforded by marginal door/windshield frames and airbags. A driver who runs, head-on, into an object three to four (3 to 4) feet off the ground at ten (10) mph, such as the rear edge of a flat-bed truck, has little chance of surviving as the object easily pushes through the minimal windshield supports and into the passenger compartment at head level. Most cars will not sustain a fifty-five (55) mph roll-over without substantial passenger compartment deformation. While Formula One race cars have developed the capability of reaching 4 g braking deceleration through the use of down force generators (wings and aerodynamic ground effects devices) today=s typical street vehicle reaches just over 1 g during panic braking as the manufacturers have found it too expensive to incorporate meaningful aerodynamic braking devices into their vehicles. Furthermore, most street tires are formulated first; to achieve mileage warranties and second; for traction and control (although todays tires are improving dramatically in both categories).