Nissan Aims to Create a Collision-Free World

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Photo from Flikr of PIVO 2, a previously developed Nissan robot car.

Photo from Flikr of PIVO 2, a previously developed Nissan robot car.

Japanese automaker Nissan thinks there might be a way to completely eliminate automobile crashes. Fox News reports that the company is researching and developing a car technology concept that would cause vehicles to operate similar to the way a school of fish does.

The Eporo, which is billed as a “robot car,” “can travel in a group by sharing the position and information of others within a group via communication technologies,” Fox News says. Nissan hopes this will result in traffic that can travel together in close proximity without crashing, just like fish.

Would this school-of-fish, robot car concept make the recent legislation aiming to ban texting while driving obsolete?

More Japanese car companies in the news

President of Toyota Akio Toyoda is concerned that a strong Yen could hurt the company’s profits. The Wall Street Journal (at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125448498910659227.html) says “a strong yen makes a Japanese company’s products more expensive overseas and reduces profits that it earns abroad when translated back into yen.”

This is not great news for a company that recently issued a massive recall because of deadly floor mats. Toyoda had to offer up a whole bunch of apologies recently, says the New York Times.  He is sorry that his company’s floor mats killed someone, sorry that they had to shut down a factory in California and sorry about the general catastrophe that has caused Toyota to loose bunches of money.

Also, Toyoda projects that Toyota will lose $5 billion in the fiscal year that ends in March. Sorry!

It always comes back to gas prices

This week, CNN Money reported that gas prices will continue to rise through November after the government reported a surprising decrease in gasoline stockpiles. Today, the Wall Street Journal (at http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20091002-708658.html) says oil-field services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported that extra oil rigs have been deployed to try to keep supply up and, thus, prices down.

Let’s hope this plan of tossing another half dozen oil rigs into the field has some sort of effect.
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