According to Mr. Kini, to be a vehicle, something must:
- be able to get a person or cargo from a clearly defined Point A to a clearly defined Point B
- be at least partially human controlled
- a self-driving car can still be human controlled, so it is still a vehicle
- reduce the necessity of a basic unaided human movement
- a basic unaided human movement is something like walking, running, swimming, or climbing. Something that a human can do with nothing but their own bodies
Two skydivers having a good time 10,000 ft above sea level
With this fact to consider, many people would normally bring a parachute with them when they consider falling from such a height. From Point A, which is 14,000 ft above the ground, people can travel to Point B, which is 0 ft above the ground, with the use of a parachute. Of course, people can easily traverse this distance without the use of a parachute, but then they would probably die of shock or something. Of course, one could easily say that the parachute is only a tool to ensure survival, but that is not its only function, as it can also be used to circumnavigate the skies.
While one could traverse the great blue via plane or wingsuit, there are some cases where a parachute is an absolute necessity.
An American serving his country
As seen in the image above, the army uses these wondrous devices to traverse the skies. Why, you ask? Simple, to gather enemy intel.
Typical locations to hide the intel
Most enemy intel is guarded in rooms such as these, and it is imperative for the U.S. Army to gather intel to secure our country from enemy threats. In order to access these rooms, one must have the necessary clearance, or simply break in. Like the proud Americans we are, we choose the latter option. To infiltrate enemy bases, soldiers may use the HALO technique to drop into enemy bases without being caught on radar. HALO stands for "High Altitude Low Opening", which means that soldiers only open the parachute at low altitudes, typically around less than 1,000 feet from the ground.
Diving for that intel
As seen here, people will usually take a plane, which is another vehicle, up to these heights to prepare the transition to using a parachute. This can be compared to switching from a getaway car to a boat to flee from any angry Cubans. Both the getaway car and the boat are vehicles because they fit all of the above criteria, and this is true of the plane and the parachute, which work in conjunction to ensure American safety.
Parachutes also fit the criteria of being partially human controlled, as they can be used to circumnavigate the sky with human control, and not just from an airlift.
Man steering with parachute
As seen here, parachutes are controlled via two lever-thingies on both sides of the guy, and are pulled to indicate which direction one would like to steer towards.
Kini's last bullet states that a vehicle must reduce the necessity of basic unaided human movement.
He states, "a human being is capable of falling with nothing but their own body, so a parachute is not necessary to get from Point A to Point B. This does not mean that you will survive, but a parachute is more similar to a harness when mountain climbing than a car when driving." This point is clearly invalid, as I'm sure most people expect to survive when transporting themselves from one place to another. If one does not survive, what is the point of moving from one place to another? It's like saying that one would prefer to crash into a brick wall while driving.
So, according to Kini's logic, is a parachute a vehicle? Yes. Does this pertain to everyday life? No. If you personally disagree with this, feel free to leave a comment stating as to why this does not follow Kini's logic.
Remember to take your parachute with you to work!
- Gabe :)