walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Mike Tinskey's Performance Review Should Involve a Discussion of This

Recently, I read this article at The Verge. I didn't blog about it at the time, because I wanted to find out what the structure of China's driving fatalities looked like.


In it, there is a reference to an earlier interview with Tinskey. "Ford first brought this issue to my attention in a recent conversation with Mike Tinskey, the company's head of electrification and infrastructure."

Here is the link to that interview.


Here is the quote:

"So you're saying that from the driver's perspective, the car will be self-driving, but really there's someone else driving it from afar for them?

That's right. If you've ever had the pleasure to go to, for instance, China, if you're not aggressive to try to turn left, there will be people that will walk in front of you all day long. And an autonomous vehicle would end up sitting there forever. And a driver normally just has to kind of say, "Alright, I'm going," and the people will stop and the car heads through. So there are going to be situations where a remote driver can actually pilot a vehicle better than an autonomous in certain conditions. Or just because of policy, that might be the way that we have to deal with it."

Here is an article about road traffic deaths in China:


Annual deaths: about 70K.

MORE DEATHS DURING THE DAY than at night, so this isn't a visibility issue, at least it's not because of darkness.

IT IS TRUE that if they had better and more health care in China, there would be fewer deaths. That's how we converted homicides to attempted homicides here in the US; that's one of the ways we've reduce automobile fatalities.

"A shortage of public health infrastructure is the other factors that may contribute to the fatalities from road traffic crashes in low- and middle-income countries."

"Given the estimated population of 1328.02 million in the same year, the mortality rate was 5.1 per 100,000 population."

On the one hand, that's actually a LOT better than here in the US. On the other hand, that was in 2009, and there are a lot more cars in China now than there were then, so the per capita pop rate is likely going to rise for a while (that's how it worked here).

And now, drum roll please, the reason I think Tinskey's quote there should trigger a performance review discussion:

"Road traffic deaths involving pedestrians (24.6%), passengers (24.1%), motorcyclists (22.0%) and bicyclists (15.6%) collectively accounted for more than 85% and auto drivers accounted for 12.2% of total road traffic deaths."

IF the largest chunk of road traffic deaths in China involves pedestrians, THEN an auto executive should NEVER go on the record advocating for a driving pattern that involves intentionally driving a car towards pedestrians, in the hopes they will GET OUT OF MY FUCKING WAY. Do not say that in your out loud voice. Do not write that, ever.

Here are alternative solutions for the left turn, peds always in the way problem.

Under Driver Control:

(1) Roll down your window and yell at the pedestrians to GET OUT OF MY FUCKING WAY. I've seen it done here in the US of A. Works pretty good. Some risk of violence to the driver.

(2) Choose routes that do not involve left turns. YOU THINK THAT IS FUNNY DO YOU? Read this: http://compass.ups.com/UPS-driver-avoid-left-turns/

UPS knows that if at all possible, you should never make a left turn.

I believe that some GPS units have had "avoid left turns" as an option, altho Google Maps does not (AFAIK).

Requiring Societal Decision Making and Implementation:

(3) More traffic control infrastructure and enforcement of same (lights with turn signals)

(4) Jughandles. (Ha ha ha. You're not funny. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jughandle)

(5) Traffic Circles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_circle

I hope that Ford will consider this in the spirit of 360 Degree Feedback.


Altho I will point out that I do not now and never have owned a Ford, so you could just consider me sniping from the sidelines and Not Relevant.
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