Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Toyota patent for flying car.

This car goes flying -- intentionally.

Read entire patent here.

Question: Why is Toyota working to perfect flying car technology when it cannot even prevent some of its cars from flying off of cliffs, parking garages, etc., or going airborne, unintentionally?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Lexus accelerates forward, then in reverse; crashes into two stores--"miracle from heaven" no one hurt

Lexus slams into liquor store, then reverses and rams into hair salon.


VALLEY VILLAGE (CBSLA.com) — Cleanup efforts were underway after police say a driver slammed into a liquor store, then reversed and smashed into parked cars before plowing into a salon.
Security footage captured the crash in the 4800 block of Whitsett Avenue in Valley Village just after 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
Witnesses described the driver as a woman in her mid-to-late 60s and said she didn’t appear to be impaired. She was uninjured.

[This crash looks similar to a 2012 crash with double UA. 
An excellent analysis can be found in this paper:]
Intermittent Electrical Contact Resistance as a 
Contributory Factor in the Loss of Automobile 
Speed Control Functional Integrity 

Date of publication March 21, 2014, 

date of current version April 9, 2014. Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/ACCESS.2014.2313296 
Independent Electrical Engineering Consultant, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE3 4XY, U.K. 
(e-mail: antony.anderson@onyxnet.co.uk). 
(pages 278-283 / cursor pages 21-26)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Attorneys John Bisnar and Brian Chase write the Toyota SUA timeline again in an August 2015 update

John Bisnar

Brian Chase

Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Timeline
Last Updated: August 31, 2015

4. The Truth Comes Out:
In 2010, freelance translator Betsy Benjaminson was assigned to review and translate 1,500 documents from Toyota regarding SUA, when she found that Toyota was hiding information regarding car defects, and even lying about it to the NHTSA regulators and the United States Congress. In 2013, Benjaminson released a personal statement on her facebook page, claiming that she found documents with evidence that "Toyota's press releases [were] bland reassurances obviously meant to help maintain public belief in the safety of Toyota’s cars—despite providing no evidence to support those reassurances." In addition to this, Benjaminson stated that "Toyota’s engineers... were searching for UA’s root causes, but they could not seem to find them", and that they would sometimes admit that the root cause "was the electronic parts, the engine computer, the software, or interference by radio waves." This evidence directly contradicted the statements that Toyota made saying that ther was no defect in the electronic throttle control system (ETCS). Benjaminson's complete personal statement was released in April 2013, and can be found here.

Benjaminson posted her personal statement when she decided to go public with her findings and name herself as the primary whistleblower behind the condemning Toyota internal documents. At the same time, David Hechler interviewed Benjaminson and wrote the article Lost in Translation, which reveals some of the contents of the leaked Toyota documents, including Toyota senior staff saying "I can't completely take care of the pedal problem." There was even a document that showed numerous errors found within the ETCS when testing, although they were assumed to have been errors that were corrected before production. Regardless, it gave proof that the ETCS could fail dramatically, despite Toyota engineers claiming that it wasn't possible.

A Flawed NASA Study

Hechler also wrote about a joint NHTSA and NASA study, which was created to test the ETCS but didn't find any evidence of a defect. The final report was delivered in February 2011, in which the Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood said, "The jury is back. The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas, period." This statement was widely reported and called for the public to start trusting Toyota again, as the report blamed most of the reported incidents of SUA on driver error. In reality, this test was not without its own set of problems. Hechler writes that "some of the scientists on this team wouldn't sign NASA's final report," due to the unusual nature of study - in which the team was told to ignore electronics failures that did not specifically match criteria set for them. The team was given 10 months to figure out "why certain cars had failed, but they were given no access to those that actually had." Thus, LaHood's blanketing statement of blessing for the ETCS did not sit right with many of the NASA scientists, who objected that NASA's final statement saying that there was "no evidence that a malfunction in electronics caused large unintended accelerations,” did not mean that there was no defects to be found.

The Barr Group, an independent company specializing in auto firmware, was hired to conduct another investigation for the Bookout v Toyota Motor Corp case, which was an unintended acceleration case that settled in late 2013. The result of the investigation was a 800-page document that claimed to find bugs in the Toyota ETCS that could lead to unintended acceleration. Michael Barr, founder of the Barr Group, noted that they "did a few things that NASA apparently did not have time to do," and that they "uncovered gaps and defects in the throttle fail safes." Barr went on to claim that there were many "mistakes in the Toyota analysis that NASA relied on," and that the cars' black boxes "can record false information about the drivers actions in the final seconds before a crash." The Bookout case settled for 3 million dollars in favor of Jean Bookout, who was injured, and the family of Barbara Schwarz, who was killed in the SUA crash.

Toyota Tacoma runs into Iowa nursing home, killing Anna Dykstra

Tacoma: Part of a pattern


HULL, Iowa - (Courtesy KCAU-TV) A freak accident Monday afternoon left a resident of Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull, Iowa dead and the facility with major damages.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff's Office, a 2012 Toyota Tacoma driven by 77-year-old Lawrence Sohl of Hull ran through an intersection, across a grass lawn striking the care center. The truck traveled through the rooms of two residents before coming to rest completely inside the building. The collision killed 88-year-old Anna Dykstra, a resident of the care center, who was in her room at the time of the accident.

No one was in the second room.

Deputies say at the time of the accident, Mr Sohl was following his wife who was driving a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. About a half block from the accident scene and for no apparent reason, Mr. Sohl struck the rear of the minivan sending his vehical on it's path.

Dykstra was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of her injuries. Lawrence Sohl was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance for treatment of his injuries. The care center sustained $200,000 damage.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

When will NHTSA invite Dr. Ron Belt and the Korean government researchers to present their scientific explanations of why these kinds of crashes can happen in Toyota vehicles?