Accidents on Seattle streets were less likely to cause injuries after the city lowered speed limits, a new study published today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. In downtown Seattle, lowering default speed limits reduced the likelihood that a crash would involve an injury by a fifth on arterial roads, IIHS researchers found. Outside of the city center, where the new limits were less consistently implemented and publicized, there were smaller injury reductions, but these were not statistically significant.
Newton* understood this in his F=MA equation. That is, Newton’s second law says that force is proportional to what is required for an object of constant mass to change its velocity. This equals the object’s mass multiplied by its acceleration. The increase in weight (Mass) and speed (Acceleration) results in a substantial increase in the energy (Force) involved in such an accident or test of crashworthiness.
Fuji Motorsports Forest to Be a New Corporation, Destination
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Toyota Motor Corporation will establish a new company, Fuji Motorsports Forest, Inc. on April 3 to promote the Fuji Motorsports Forest Project. Fuji International Speedway Co., Ltd. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of the new company after Toyota receives a part of the shares held by Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. and Taisei Corporation.
Arranged around the Fuji International Speedway circuit, Forest will consist of various facilities where motorsports culture can be enjoyed such as the Fuji Speedway Hotel, which offers a luxury experience, the Fuji Motorsports Museum which exhibits historic racing cars symbolizing each era, and garages of Japan’s leading racing teams. There are also spas and restaurants for the enjoyment of all visitors. Continue reading →