Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Electrical Engineer Gopal Raghavan Ph.D. files defect petition for Lexus ES350 UA

Round and round the mulberry bush

I posted this children's song with my usual cynicism about NHTSA' s likely response. However, I now feel more hopeful after reading Dr. Raghavan's letter, where he makes a good case that there is a pattern of something going wrong with the ETC when cars coast at 3.7 mph. Here's the letter that was posted on the NHTSA website--but last time I checked, it had gone blank over there.

"DETROIT (AP) — An electrical engineer with a doctorate degree from Stanford University has asked U.S. safety regulators to investigate low-speed unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus automobiles.
Gopal Raghavan of Thousand Oaks, California, filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration alleging that his 2009 Lexus ES350 luxury sedan surged suddenly in a parking lot, crashing into some bushes and smashing the front of the car. The agency says in documents posted Monday that it will review the petition and decide whether to open an investigation.
It's the latest in a string of claims that Toyota vehicles can accelerate on their own dating to 2009. Complaints have brought investigations and recalls totaling 10 million vehicles as well as multiple lawsuits and a $1.2 billion penalty for hiding information from NHTSA...."

Gopal Raghavan Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Inphi Corporation
Dr. Gopal Raghavan Co-founded Inphi Corporation in 2000 and served as its Chief Technology Officer from January 2001 to February 18, 2011. Dr. Raghavan has over 15 years of experience in high-speed circuit design and device modeling. He is uniquely qualified to lead a world-class team to design physical layer integrated circuits for 40 Gbps applications. From 1982 to 1994, Dr. Raghavan was a senior engineer with Intel Corporation engaged in CMOS circuit design and process development. Prior to founding Inphi, he was a senior scientist at HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California, where he developed advanced InP HBT, high speed (110 GHz), mixed-signal circuits. Dr. Raghavan also worked at Conexant Systems as a principal engineer designing integrated circuits for 10 Gbps SONET applications. Dr. Raghavan has won several awards, including the Hughes Hyland Patent Award (1998) and the Ross Tucker Award from TMS/IEEE (1993). He holds 10 patents and has published more than 30 technical publications. Dr. Raghavan holds a B. Tech degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.