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[aprssig] GPS Recommendations Needed

Drew Baxter droobie at maine.rr.com
Fri Aug 10 18:00:44 UTC 2007


These kinds of situations won't matter much until someone ends up 
with a laptop impaled into their chest.  There will then be the 
subsequent 'war on laptop installations' and 'think of the children'.  :D

The downside is that most vehicles don't have a passenger side 
override for airbags, just namely pickup trucks.  The laptop being 
there isn't as big of a deal as the fact that laptop is going to be 
embedded in your chest for Darwin Awards to see if it goes off..

A Toshiba Libretto (or similar) would probably fit on the center of 
the dash or on a ram mount, etc.  They're pretty small.

Ironically, the cop configurations here generally have the Toughbook 
within the shot of the airbag.  I hope they're deactivating it.

--Droo, K1XVM

At 01:52 PM 8/10/2007, Rich Mulvey wrote:
>    You'd think it would be common sense, but...
>
>    I'm *astounded* at some of the unsafe installations I've seen, 
> including some real doozy's in the pages of QST.  Usually they 
> involve someone placing a device or the cabling in the deployment 
> path of the airbags.  I recall one picture I saw on the web where a 
> guy had actually glued the mount for his GPS to the dashboard - and 
> the "SRS" logo was visible right underneath it.
>
>- Rich





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