Links for 2016-09-26

  • “Better truck design could save hundreds of pedestrian and cyclist lives”

    European transport group, Transport and Environment, said that the Loughborough study shows that better design “could save hundreds of pedestrian and cyclists’ lives”. It added that the study “finds huge differences in the direct vision – what drivers can see with their own eyes – of best and worst-in-class trucks in all categories, and that ‘low-entry cabs’ like the Mercedes Econic out perform all of today’s best performing vehicles.” A P-Series truck, from truck maker Scania, was rated at the best of its class with zero blind spots — this could go a long way to explaining why the makers of a Road Safety Authority video using another P-Series truck reportedly had to fake blind spots last year. Mandatory extra mirrors has been EU policy to try to reduce collisions with people cycling and walking but researchers point out that blind spots remain on many trucks and improving direct vision may be a better policy than improving indirect vision using mirrors. […] The EU currently has a deadline of 2028 for improved vision in trucks but Transport and Environment said: “Given that better vision cabs are already available on the market and in all market segments (best in class, smarter configurations, low entry vehicles) a 2028 deadline is not justifiable.”

    (tags: cycling safety trucks law scania roads pedestrians)

  • How to Quantify Scalability

    good page on the Universal Scalability Law and how to apply it

    (tags: usl performance scalability concurrency capacity measurement excel equations metrics)

  • Artist Tricks Tourists With Elaborate Monument To Staten Island Ferry Octopus Attack

    ‘You probably don’t know much about the Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum, which honors the 400 victims who died when a giant octopus attacked the Cornelius G. Kolff, a Staten Island Ferry boat, on Nov. 22, 1963. That isn’t because the event was overshadowed by the assassination of JFK that same day—it’s because, as you may have guessed based on the word “tricks” in the headline, there was no such octopus-induced tragedy.’

    (tags: ferries staten-island octopi funny pranks tourism)

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.