Houston, Toyota Has a Problem: NASA Steps In

T minus 16 seconds: take foot of accelerator. T minus 10 seconds: put foot on brake pedal. 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... apply brake... 3... brake!... 2... BRAKE!!!... 1... brake fail,  we have crash of the 24th attempt to stop a Toyota...

This is how a future NASA countdown protocol may sound like, after a group of nine NASA scientists, experts in electronics, electromagnetic interference, software integrity and complex problem solving has been commissioned by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to look into Toyota's elusive unintended acceleration issues in particular and at similar events across the industry in general.

"We are determined to get to the bottom of unintended acceleration," LaHood was quoted as saying by on Tuesday. NASA's review of the problem will be separate from the one conducted by the NHTSA.

NASA is not at its first role as a consultant for the automotive industry. In the past, it conducted studies of electronic stability control and airbags. The current task is expected to last for about 18 months.

If the results of the research are conclusive, NASA may kill two birds with one stone. First, it may help get to the bottom of what accelerates Toyota vehicles, contrary to the driver's will, and fix it.

Secondly, it may incorporate the fault it finds into its spaceships. After all, isn't that what NASA is all about? Accelerating stuff into outer space? So what if it's unintended? What if Toyota unwillingly discovered the forefather to the warp drive?

Consider the possibilities... No longer the dream of reaching Mars, but the reality of traveling to Canis Major, or the Magellanic Clouds, all in a lifetime or less!

Just build a ship, stuck some Toyota "unintended" technology into it, strap two suckers into the spaceship and off they go! And go...And go...
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About the author: Daniel Patrascu
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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