Psychics: Be a Hero, Save Lives, and Earn $2 Million!

March 8, 2010

Edmunds.com, the auto information and pricing company, is launching a contest to find the cause of (and solution to) the problem that has allegedly caused dozens of auto accident deaths and devastated Toyota’s reputation. Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles to fix sudden-acceleration problems, but Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, left doubts in his appearance before a congressional panel that the company had fully resolved the issue. Edmunds Chief Executive Jeremy Anwyl announced the competition: "If there is only one person who can re-create unintended acceleration in a car and then solve that problem and prove the whole thing to us, then they'll get $1 million.”

This offer will be welcome news to the thousands of people who claim to have psychic powers. If psychics have access to information beyond the normal senses (and can predict the future, locate missing persons, talk to the dead, “remote view,” etc.) there’s presumably no reason they shouldn’t be able to determine what’s wrong with the recalled Toyotas.

This is a no-lose proposition! Not only will Edmunds award $1 million to the psychic, but the James Randi Educational Foundation would also throw in its own $1 million. The psychic would also be a national hero, saving the lives of innocent people—not only Toyota drivers, but others who may be injured or killed by the runaway cars whose defects remain unknown. If I had psychic powers, this would be a perfect opportunity to become rich and do some real good in the world at the same time.

Of course, if psychics don’t really have any special ability, and can’t provide any valid, reliable, useful information, then I wouldn’t expect them to take up the challenge.

Comments:

#1 Mike (Guest) on Tuesday March 09, 2010 at 8:57am

Dear Sir,
I’ll take that reward; in small, unmarked non-sequential bills please. Being psychic is not necessary.

I have been ‘working’ on a patent for almost fifteen years on this very problem. I put ‘working’ in quotes because I have run into nothing but walls and diversions in regards to accomplishing my goal. My patent attorney suggested that I submit a preliminary patent application to secure the one year time limit for R&D to get a prototype built. But I can’t. I need the programming language that is used by Toyota to flash the ECM/ECU (electronic control module/unit). And I can’t. Vector CANtech (manufacturer of domestic ECM’s) will not help programming without me signing off everything I know to them. Furthermore, every manufacturer uses a different language and technology for their individual ECM/ECU. i.e. Volvo as well as Toyota are completely proprietary.

The problem itself breaks down into two categories; The first is a software programming bug specific to Toyota. The bug is a simple mistake that causes a lockout. I have more specifics on this than this little box can hold…


The second problem is of a much different nature and can be found across the board, no matter the manufacturer. It is the problem that I discovered and sought a solution for. If you would like more specifics, I’m happy to chat. E-mail me back.

#2 DIane Rancatore (Guest) on Tuesday March 09, 2010 at 1:43pm

An electrical short [mini power outage] causes the computer to reprogram. Resulting in the gas pedal to stick due toa total vacum being created by the gas being fed into the carberator unabated. The brakes failing again has to due with an electrical short, a mini power outage that causes the car to behave improperly. Reduce the technolog. increase the mechanical, and increase the confidance and profits.

#3 Diane Rancatore (Guest) on Tuesday March 09, 2010 at 2:27pm

This problem was known before the cars reached the consumer. Middle and high executives sabatoged resolving the issues to appear competant. Time to system restore corperate structure.

#4 Gerald Lang (Guest) on Tuesday March 09, 2010 at 4:41pm

The M8B chip in the ECM is shaken up to the point where the parameters set by Toyota engineers are violated by sudden overacceleration.  Once these parameters are violated, with no error present, the M8B chip cannot activate proper relay message.  The M8B chip is set with 20 relays:  The 20 standard answers on a Magic 8-Ball (M8B) are:

● As I see it, yes
● It is certain
● It is decidedly so
● Most likely
● Outlook good
● Signs point to yes
● Without a doubt
● Yes
● Yes - definitely
● You may rely on it
● Reply hazy, try again
● Ask again later
● Better not tell you now
● Cannot predict now
● Concentrate and ask again
● Don’t count on it
● My reply is no
● My sources say no
● Outlook not so good
● Very doubtful

#5 Mike (Guest) on Tuesday March 09, 2010 at 8:14pm

Diane; there is no carb anymore…

Gerald; You smokin’ some good shit…

The bug is a simple mistake that causes the readings from the pedal to be locked out. The logic in the program interprets this lockout as a WOT (wide open throttle) reading. There is no failsafe by tapping the brakes to override and return the engine to idle. As I understand, this failsafe mode is (supposedly) incorporated into every automobile manufactured since 1988. However, I have found this not to be true. The problem is compounded by additional programming in their ECM/ECU that prevents the driver from shifting into neutral above 5K rpm with a WOT reading. Therefore, the car, once “bugged” cannot be stopped, or shifted into neutral. I have not received information as to whether or not the car can be shut down by the ignition switch or not. What causes the bug? The primary culprit IMHO, is static discharge, with heat and humidity (or lack thereof) and salt air as combination or secondary factors. But I have no test unit. The increased frequency of the use of plastics for gains in MPG ratings and weight reduction in both body panels and carpeting/upholstery (particularly semi-plush acrylic) have increased the likelihood of static buildup. Again, without a test unit, I cannot be definitive. Having worked extensively with computers, I know how devastating a static discharge can be wherever there is contact with a non-grounded source. What? Never got a shock stepping out of your car before?

Where’s my check?

#6 Kritikos on Saturday March 13, 2010 at 10:20am

In an opinion piece in the New York Times (”Braking Bad,” March 10, 2010), Richard Schmidt argues that most cases of uncontrolled acceleration are caused by the driver unwittingly pressing on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal. Is there statistical evidence that the incidence of uncontrolled acceleration has been higher in Toyotas than in cars of other makes? If not, then I suspect that what we are seeing here is a case of apophenia, analogous to the Seattle windshield pitting “epidemic.”

#7 gerald lang (Guest) on Monday March 15, 2010 at 9:07am

Could it just be a case of over/under-engineering or arrogance?  It wouldn’t be the first time where hind sight was 20/20.  To assume that this could never happen or not ponder it relevence to the system could be a major embarassment to Toyota’s engineers.  I would think no one would do this on purpose.  So the problem must have not been thought poosible or not thought of at all up until it happened.

#8 harry canyon on Wednesday March 17, 2010 at 11:52pm

@Mike (#1) If you can’t actually read the code (program), how do you know it’s the software? This *sounds* like mere speculation on your part.

Harry

#9 Mike (Guest) on Thursday March 18, 2010 at 8:07am

#8Harry
As, I mentioned the problem itself is twofold. The primary programming ‘bug’ causes a fourfold failure. i.e. throttle, brake, ignition and gearing. You couldn’t cause this oft repeated Toyota problem if you were a professional juggler with a death wish. maybe one or two, but not the whole magilla. See post number five. Speculation? When all four of these problems point to the same unit, it’s no longer speculation.
#6 Kritikos
Yes, it’s true. Up until the “Toyota Bug”, most cases of UA that have been documented by the NHTSA have been a case of pressing the accelerator. Because Granny learned how to drive from Gramps and was told to “Always keep two feet on the pedals”. That’s why Granny parks in the Seven-Eleven every now and then. However, Toyota’s bug is different, causing a wide open throttle, locking out the gearing, brakes and ignition. It would be nice to label it mass hysteria, then we could all go home and take comfort in the fact that gene pool is a self correcting system.

#10 John (Guest) on Tuesday March 30, 2010 at 10:56pm

“If there is only one person who can re-create unintended acceleration in a car and then solve that problem and prove the whole thing to us, then they’ll get $1 million.”

So if two or more people can re-create the problem, there’s no prize.  The award will only be given out if exactly one person is able to re-create the problem.

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