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Unread 06-11-2013, 07:52 AM   #1
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I think this is pretty ****ing cool.

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Except everyone else who doesn't live in a big city and this isn't really a big concern has to pay extra for something that they have absolutely no need for. Make it optional.
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Except everyone else who doesn't live in a big city and this isn't really a big concern.
I think this could greatly help reduce the chance of passenger injury in the event of a collision with a deer. Often the animal comes through the windshield and the air bag may increase the surface area of the animals impact.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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I think this could greatly help reduce the chance of passenger injury in the event of a collision with a deer. Often the animal comes through the windshield and the air bag may increase the surface area of the animals impact.

So does a front end that isn't bubble shaped. Anyone with an SUV or pickup truck is far less likely to have that happen since the center of mass of the deer collides with the front bodywork. Instead of their face getting caved in by the deer they get their radiator smashed in. Older cars, say an '80s Caprice/Crown Vic, still bounce it up, but because the nose is so squared off it bounces up above the windshield instead of right into it.

But in a car with a rounded nose? A minivan? The center of mass lands on top of the hood and just gets funneled right into your face.


If car noses shunned aerodynamics and reverted back in styling 20 or 30 years deer would be far less of a safety concern than they are now. Of course they'll never do that because of stupid federal fuel economy targets requiring sedans to subsidize SUVs and pickups, but it'd work if they did.


We could also use racing spec windshields that'd be able to shrug off a deer. If I remember right windshields used in NASCAR have to be able to bounce a bird travelling into the windshield at 300MPH or something absurd like that. Surely such a windshield could bounce a deer at just 55MPH. We won't see that, either, though. It'd drive costs up.
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I have seen all the deer out with signs asking congress to make this a law.

I have also seen a lot of the people from the trailer parks saying this isn't fair as this will take away a mad woman's right to kill her husband with her suv.
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This is just plain awesome.
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I have seen all the deer out with signs asking congress to make this a law.

I have also seen a lot of the people from the trailer parks saying this isn't fair as this will take away a mad woman's right to kill her husband with her suv.
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I vote we leave it optional. People that want it can have it, people that don't don't have to.
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Yeah, I really have no idea if this is an optional feature or not, but knowing Volvo, they'll probably just throw it in there as standard.
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