"So VW's contention is that on a clear dry road in daylight, with no visible pedestrians and no other traffic, getting a text will cause you spontaneously to swerve off the road and into a tree? Frankly, if your control over your vehicle is that precarious, you shouldn't have a car. You probably shouldn't have a bicycle. And you should probably wear a helmet when you walk to the shops..."
Try this experiment (very carefully), while driving on the highway, look at the person in the car next to you, then see how far you drifted over. My average is about 3 feet. Luckily there is about 6 feet of distance between cars on the road, but it is still pretty scary. While driving you tend to steer towards where your eyes are looking, and if you look to the side, you will drift. Now if you are aware of this, and make a point of locking your arms, you can reduce this effect, but it is still present, and something to be aware of.
So VW's contention is that on a clear dry road in daylight, with no visible pedestrians and no other traffic, getting a text will cause you spontaneously to swerve off the road and into a tree? Frankly, if your control over your vehicle is that precarious, you shouldn't have a car. You probably shouldn't have a bicycle. And you should probably wear a helmet when you walk to the shops...
Well, considering just last week I witnessed a truck cut me off then continued to weave down the freeway, then swerve and wipe out. Flipped over and skidded for a while. I've never seen such a big shower of sparks.
I pulled over, called 911 then went to go see the body. No one was in the truck. The 2-IQ dumb chick who was all of 20 was standing there on the side on her phone texting, no kidding. I said I saw the whole thing and said you're either drunk or texting on your phone. She denied being drunk (and it didn't seem like she was) and she denied being on her phone. I said, well then you're pretty G-D stupid.
She walked away without a scratch.
Why do idiots survive? Aren't they supposed to be the Darwin winners and help to thin the heard?
I am surprised VW put their name on something so lame- if they did at all.
I am also surprised at the level of attention this is getting... texting and driving is an issue, for sure. That said, going way out of your way to put together a public service announcement that's never going to work again because the whole world has already seen it on the internet... and then also making a "how we did it" of dubious authenticity... [zzz]
Maybe there's some cheap garbage I need to order over on The Home Shopping Network.
People don't turn their cellphones off in theaters? Cinemark gives me free popcorn for putting my phone on "cinemode" during the movie. With popcorn prices being what they are, why would anyone miss out on that?
Location-based broadcast is a real thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_Broadcast
So it is at least *technically* feasible that this wasn't staged. As for the cameraman, of course he would be there, if VW was trying to make a commercial. In fact, they probably would have filmed dozens of audiences, just to get one that had the right response.
The audience itself doesn't react to the camera at all, but that isn't a giveaway, either; they could simply have been told that the theater was making a commercial for itself, to explain the presence of the cameras. Misdirection of that sort is very common in psychological experiments; subjects are rarely told what the *actual* purpose of an experiment is, since that knowledge would taint their responses.
Given all that, I'm tentatively willing to believe that this wasn't staged.
ha ha! - it's a movie theatre, so they've just seen a series of ads, followed by a message to switch off their cell phones. so, naturally, everyone has left their phones on. the only surprising part is that they weren't all filming the screen.