Potholes Are Unbearable

Mar 7, 2011

We can put a man on the moon. Why can't we make our roads look less like the moon?

And if we can't do that, why can't we design a car that's more like a lunar rover? If you know the name Amar Bose, you probably associate it it with beautiful sounds pouring out of speakers, not with the ugly sound of your wheel whacking into a pothole. But for the last 30 years, Bose and his engineers in Framingham, Mass. have been looking for a way to defeat the pothole which Bose described as more indomitable than Mount Everest. In one interview, Bose said he had become much more obsessed with redesigning car suspensions than with his far more famous work in audio technology. But you still can't have a Bose suspension system in your car and, let's face it, for the next three months, you're basically going to be driving on the surface of the moon in a car designed for Earth. Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.