Instrument Flight Rules for Cars

 

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If airplanes can land on a runway in zero visibility why can’t cars have some awesome heads-up-displays to prevent what happened on I-94 yesterday?

For years I thought it would be cool to have transmitters embedded along the edge of the road that sent data to a three-dimensional heads-up-display (HUD) going out to infinity through your windshield.  You could drive in zero visibility and still see the edge of the road, even the lanes.  And the transmitters along the road could tell you when a bunch of cars were on the highway and not moving. 

Cars are getting close to this with various collision-avoidance systems, but you could also see cars up ahead on the HUD.  The display would warn you of a dangerous rate-of-closure on a car ahead of you on the highway.

Cars could also have an emergency braking system.  I’m thinking of hard, cleated rubber pads that would be pushed down from about 4 points under the vehicle via hydraulics onto the road surface, taking you from 60 to zero in about 2 seconds.  A lot of negative G-force, but better than 60 to zero in zero seconds into the back of a truck bearing 40,000 pounds of fireworks.  The pads would adjust downforce to keep the vehicle in a straight alignment with the road – again, by communicating with the sensors in the road.

I have a Garmin Nuvi GPS and that thing comes kinda close to what I’m talking about here.  We could easily do all this.  The technology is there, but the money…

We could afford it, at least on roads prone to this kind of pileup like I-94, if we didn’t have a President proposing “free” community college education for 2 years at an estimated cost of $34 billion PER YEAR.  Maybe I’ll take advantage of this free schooling, develop this system, make a ton of money and retire – to Arizona.

IFR flight depends upon flying by reference to instruments in the flight deck, and navigation is accomplished by reference to electronic signals.[1] It is also a term used by pilots and controllers to indicate the type of flight plan an aircraft is flying, such as an IFR or VFR flight plan.[2]

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