I usually don’t post crash videos like this of a truck crash (they’re everywhere on the Web) but this particular one is remarkable. From Russia, a near head-on collision that sends the driver of one truck through his windshield with his blanket. And he’s thrown out, well, not gracefully, but almost like a practicing gymnast stepping off the pummel horse at the end of a routine. And yes, he walks away from the incident, a little dazed but completely intact.
The accident was caught by a dashboard cam, which is starting to appear more frequently as it can resolve insurance claims for accidents. With all of the technology being added to motor vehicles (including rear-facing cameras and seats that provide warning alerts), one might anticipate that the days of freewheeling driving will become a thing of the past.
If Google cofounder Sergey Brin’s prediction is right, within five years Google will have self-driving cars available for the public. Google has already driven over 300,000 miles with the vehicles. But with greater power and flexibility will come demands for increased accountability – it won’t do for a driver to say, “I didn’t cause that accident, my car did it on its own.”
Welcome to a world of dashboard cams and route and driver sensors.
Anyway, back to Russia. One lucky person, in a country where for now luck is still an essential commodity for a career as a truck driver. (from kottke.org)