Who Wants To Be A Millionaire And Save The World From Eternal Damnation?
When it comes to the cause of the alleged Toyota unintended acceleration, the TTAC commentariat is divided into two camps:
One side is convinced they know what’s wrong with Toyota. (It’s the cursed computer. May it roast in hell and grow tin whiskers.)
The other side isn’t so sure and argues for caution. It could be pilot error. Plain old hysteria also isn’t ruled out. Or some trade warfare that reared its no so pretty head at yesterday’s hearings: “You block our beef because of mad cow disease. We do the same to your cars.”
Well, who says life is fair. Flash: The doubters are being discriminated against. The commentators who know what’s wrong with Toyota can become instant millionaires. Here is how it works:
“Solve the unintended acceleration problem, win a million dollars,” announced the Los Angeles Times.
To the tune of one million dollars, Edmunds launched a public competition to find the cause of and solution to the problem that has allegedly caused scores of deaths, has destroyed the reputation of Toyota, triggered three congressional hearings (at last count,) and countless lawsuits. The trouble is: Nobody really knows what’s going on.
Edmunds wants to find out. According to their press release, „Edmunds.com is currently drafting rules for a new prize, attempting to attract the best thinkers in the world to apply themselves to determine what is really causing sudden unexpected acceleration in vehicles.”
To those who know what’s wrong with Toyota, this should be easy money. All one needs to do is to “re-create unintended acceleration in a car and then solve that problem and prove the whole thing to us,” said Edmunds CEO Jeremy Anwyl.
I’m a poor person (writing forTTAC has that effect.) But if one of our readers, who had opined in the past that he or she knows what’s wrong, should get the $1 million prize, then I’ll personally raise it by 10,000 Japanese Yen out of my own slim pocket. So don’t just sit there, do something. Break out the resistance boxes and the paperclips. Connect data recorders to your Toyotas and stress the heck out of them.
But you know what: I think Edmunds will keep its money. And I will have to spend the 10,000 Yen in a seedy joint in Kabukicho.
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