Saturday, February 1, 2014

What's Wrong with the Auto Industry

Car designers and engineers waste their best work on fantasies that occur to very few people.  That's why there are so many options for drag racing, off-roading and ski trips. 

Similarly, car testing is wildly unrealistic.  Prototypes with manufacturer or distributor plates are always driven to their limits on public roads. They are painfully easy to spot.  If you can't find them, they will tailgate you and do other stupid things to make sure you remember them. Often, they chase their tails around cones in rented parking lots, gathering data on situations that never happen.

What's the best car for Chicago? Beijing? Paris?  Don't ask anyone in the auto industry.  The only people who think of such things are stuck in traffic.

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