posted on Jul, 25 2013 @ 10:50 PM
Originally posted by AlphaHawk
reply to post by ColoradoJens
I just think there's no certainty in it.
It's just my opinion that an assignation attempt wouldn't be so convoluted.
After looking into this a bit? I have to agree. Unless they planted something to help the situation along, it would be too much a crap shoot to see
this happen by hacking. What could they actually hack?
Throttle is the only thing I can think of since steering is still entirely mechanical unless someone invented something really new on the high end
luxury cars like this. I'd say there were absolutely no assurances it would burst into flames at all or that he would be killed, as it happens.
I can say the trucks I drove had 100% and totally computer controlled throttle. Nothing mechanical and the pedal on the floor is just a spring loaded
computer control. Literally, in how it functions. Anyone know if these high end Mercedes are the same on throttle pedal?
Anyway.. I found this for support on just how big a crapshoot it would be. It's a Government report on vehicle fires and the problem they pose.
Of the 1.6 million fires reported each year in the USA, one out of five (300,000) are vehicle fires [1-4]. Three quarters of vehicle fires are
caused by mechanical or electrical failures during normal operation, but these are not particularly deadly because the occupants are usually able to
escape. Less than 10 % of vehicle fires are caused by collisions, but escape is more difficult in these situations, and collisions account for the
overwhelming majority (60% to 75%) of vehicle fire fatalities [4, 5]. Vehicle fires cause some 3,000 injuries and claim some 500 lives per year in the
USA, [2-4] about two thirds of which are due to front impact, side impact, or rollover and about one third of which result from other causes including
rear impact [6-8].
No sure thing at all, it would seem. He could have spun out to a wild throttle instead of head in and gone sideways into something. Perhaps not even
critically hurt in that case. So many variables to consider deliberate action.