Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Driving School Models from Germany

Yesterday, Edward Lifson was telling me about the German tradition of architecture education from the bottom up. Students start with two bricks and learn/discover how those basic components fit and work together. From this basis, the rest of an education is built.

This led me to considering the exquisite German auto and engine models that were used in driving schools. I have no idea if driver's training in Germany still utilizes such a tactile, engaged and mechanical approach to driving, but it is an idea that makes sense to me. Sometimes, on the road, I will see a terrifically unsafe lane change and think, "That person has no idea what they just asked their car to do. An immaculate, and uninformed, blind trust."

Wonderful Photo Set of Driver Training Models