Thursday, January 5, 2006

Trucks and SUVs vs. Cars

Once upon a time I regularly read Physics Today. I even understood a good one quarter to one third of the articles. Those days are long past, but it was nice to see an approachable article on the physics of car crashes show up on the radar today. Keep in mind this is a peer reviewed journal on the subject of Physics, so the tone is a bit dryer than your typical Scientific American article, but there is good stuff in there. The reason it hit the 'net is this quote: "The evidence is compelling that body-on-frame light trucks cannot[sic] safely coexist with passenger cars under existing conditions." There is more to the article[PDF].

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