The world's population has grown to 4.3 billion, against which the number of motor vehicles has risen to 270 million. The automobile has greatly benefited the development of human culture and society, but it also cannot be denied that the automobile has brought with it not a few demerits, such as traffic accidents and other social conflicts. People are sometimes apt to exercise prejudgement in rushing to hasty conclusions regarding the causes of social problems, particularly when the relationship between the origins and results are highly complex. Such a situation exists in the realm of the automobile and the related problems. In order to obtain a proper resolution of such problems and reduce the meaningless social costs, it is necessary to observe the actual situation coolly and objectively. As examples of the type of hasty prejudgement found in the area of automobile problems, the following four questions will be introduced and examined by way of suggestion. (1) Are there means of carrying goods which can be substituted for the automobile without lowering over level of life? (2) Are emission gases from automobiles really the major cause of human health injury problems arising from Tokyo smog? (3) Are such emission gases really the cause of the death of trees along the Fuji Subaru line? (4) Are the currently applied car speeds really reasonable? /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Federation of Auto Techniques Engs

    3 Avenue du President Wilson
    F 75116 Paris,   France 
  • Authors:
    • Matsuno, M
    • Hori, H
    • Hyashi, H
  • Publication Date: 0


  • English

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  • Pagination: 1 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00163334
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 1978 12:00AM