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Facebook Privacy; Brake Enhancements
Am I the only person concerned when a quiz on Facebook wants access to "your profile information, photos, your friends' info, and other content" just to answer a few questions and get a result (which I don't want re-posted on my feeds)?

There are a couple of enhancements that I think would make the road a lot safer and easier to navigate even if we can't have automated transportation vehicles yet. Brake lights on the front of vehicles would be really helpful to know if someone is actually attempting to stop. While we're modifying the brakes let's also make them even more helpful to other drivers. Include an indicator of the amount of break pressure being applied. In addition to the regular brake light there could also be a series of lights next to it that would incrementally light up the harder the brake was being pressed.

The reason I bring up these two improvements is it's hard for me to determine how fast a car is braking prior to making a turn. It would be helpful in determining if they actually intend to make the turn even if they haven't put on their turn signal, or if their turn signal is on and they're not really stopping.

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im_confused From: im_confused Date: August 12th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Some of these enhancements already exist, believe it or not! I know BMW has had "adaptive" brake lights on their newer vehicles for the past several years — they light up partially for regular breaking, and fully for harder or emergency breaking (based on how quickly you apply pressure to the break pedal).

Maybe some of these other enhancements are not too far behind.... :-)
raist_ From: raist_ Date: August 12th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate when Facebook apps want to access everything just to do something simple.

But then, they then use that for marketing. *shrug* Keeps them in business I guess.
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: August 13th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I've pretty much just given up on the whole notion of Facebook apps in general ... :(
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