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Smart car into a concrete wall at 70!

Impressive!



I've tried a zillion times to embedded a youtube vid...what the FUCK is the secret Aren't you suppose to copy and paste the URL and wrap the youtube tag around it

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The safety of the car is impressive? Or just the cool as impact?

Try 35mph on one side head on...... completely different entity
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The safety of the car is impressive? Or just the cool as impact?

Try 35mph on one side head on...... completely different entity
Bobby the car never hit square on....it's impressive that the passenger side door opened easily...the cage seemed intact. I would hate to try that with my Scion XB...the thing would be a death trap in any sort of front end impact I think the 08 XB tested much better in front end impacts.

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[YOUTUB]VF3go1MVyi8[/YOUTUB] Like this Rick,except insert the "e" for tube.
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I think I saw you riding to work yesterday, you're fucking nuts.

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[YOUTUB]VF3go1MVyi8[/YOUTUB] Like this Rick,except insert the "e" for tube.
Thanks Steven!

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Wouldn't a smart car avoid the wall........

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Wouldn't a smart car avoid the wall........
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That was impressive. I could not be the human test dummy to try that . This is the same for motorcycle safety features they develop. The best thing to do is try everything possible to avoid collisions .

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Wouldn't a smart car avoid the wall........
Now see, while watching the video I was waiting to see the car swerve around the wall. When it hit, I was like, "well that wasnt too smart"




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While I wouldn't want to be in it, there isn't any vehicle I'd want to be in hitting a wall at 70. For a tiny little thing, it is quite impressive. You might even live. I wouldn't give you much hope for your legs ever working again. With a 35mpg CAFE requirement heading our way, we will be seeing these and others like it on the road.

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Impressive!!! But I think I will stay with motorcycles, no false pretences of safety.

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A relatively small number of collisions occur at that rate of closure.

I am impressed with the stability of the car.... yet a passenger would likely not fare well.


Some interesting reading around on probability of injury in a collision once
speeds exceed about 50 MPH or so.... line of sight, reaction time, stopping
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Well I was expecting it to be Matchbox sized after the collision....I had forgotten it was that was that size to begin with

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that is very impressive! do you think the low mass of the car might even help it incur less damage?
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That episode of Fifth Gear or Top Gear (I forget the name) had anoth sub compact do the same test. It did not fair as well. But they did comment on the fact that even though the car seems to provide protection to the driver, the impact would probably have been enough to kill the driver. Sudden stop = internal organs being ripped away.

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If specifically trying to save money on the commute with a new machine that meets low emissions, I don't see why one would avoid this car. Many of you would ride or recommend someone ride a motorcycle to save gas and money on a long commute. This car at least has some sort of safety cage around it that should fair better in an accident than a motorcycle. Granted it is 2-4X the cost of a nice commuter bike.

As a practical normal car though, I don't see the appeal personally. A plain Honda Civic or Chevy Cobalt gets darn good fuel economy, and does not require so many sacrifices in space, ride, comfort, etc. I would assume this SMART car will appeal to the same steroetyped person that loves the Prius. They want the self satisfaction of feeling like they are "making a difference" by driving something drastically different, and they want to make sure everyone else knows it. The Prius would not be half as popular if it looked like a normal car instead of a spaceship/jelly bean. Or it will appeal to people in heavily congested areas, where the very small size of the SMART will actually prove some advantage, dodging in and out of traffic or parking.

I want to see if they bring a new version the previous little SMART roadster that they sold in Europe. If its only going to have minimal person and cargo hauling, be tiny, and get good fuel economy, may just as well give it a sports car shape rather than space pod styling. Like a modern Lotus or Caterham without the Lotus price tag. Something a little lighter, smaller, and cheaper than a Miata.

Impressive crash result though. I would have thought it would just vaporize into nothing upon impact
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I was able to see this car when it first came out several years ago in Germany. At 6'6" I was able to sit in it comfortably. Does feel like your inthe back seat though. lol. It was a show car so I couldn't drive it. It was being sold on the premise that it would save on parking and parking garages. Basically its 2 SMART's to 1 standard size car parking stall. They had a garage in Frankfurt that could hold 14,000 of these things in it. A dedicated garage.

O and the roadster looked sweet to. Only saw that on the Autobahn as was blew past it in the Audi.

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