But wait! Your boss's car is a Prius!
A housekeeper was driving the car at the time of the accident. She told police the vehicle accelerated on its own as she eased forward down her employer's driveway, causing her to crash into a stone wall on the other side of the road.Except investigators can often get to the truth of these things even without "black box"-type data from the car's computer (which has been capable of finking on you for a long time in some cases; Caddy mechanics, for instance, have known if their customers were speeders for almost twenty years now.)
In this case, however, there was no need to resort to esoterica like examining brake light bulb filaments under a microscope to see if they were carrying voltage at the time of the wreck; the little Japanese hybrids are only slightly less computered-up than the Joint Strike Fighter. Local po-po and NHTSA investigators whipped out the electronic Ouija board for a seance with HAL-san and, sure enough,
there was no indication of brake compression as the car headed toward a stone wall. Rather, the accelerator was pressed 100 percent...Imagine.
Now that the reports are all filed, however, what does our heroine claim?