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Stupid is as stupid does...

A large number of deaths are attributed each year to distracted driving in the United States. Many drivers are too busy texting, making phone calls, or reading (among other things) while driving their cars. If you listen to some people in Washington, the answer to fixing such driving stupidity are even more safety mandates.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants collision-avoidance technology such as forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control, and automatic braking on every car sold in the U.S. These technologies are already available as options on many luxury cars currently on the market.

The problem on the consumer end of things is that these safety features are included in options packages that add $1,000 or more to the price of the vehicle. Automotive manufacturers oppose the NTSB because the added costs would spread to even the most basic automobiles on the market instead of being relegated to more expensive vehicles where buyers are more willing to fork over the money.
 
However, the NTSB believes that this sort of technology can help drivers improve reaction times and avoid crashes.

According to the NHTSA, systems such as the ones it's recommending would make a significant impact on reducing the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. Accidents caused by distracted drivers account for 60% of highway fatalities.

"We have a chance to take a big bite into that figure," NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said.

Source: Detroit News



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RE: Automatic Braking
By Capt Caveman on 11/15/2012 9:52:01 AM , Rating: 2
My Volvo has a feature called 'City Safety', it's supposed to stop the vehicle from rear-ending another vehicle in bumper to bumper conditions. But one night, a drunk woman walked right out in front of my vehicle and thankfully 'City Safety' kicked in and stopped the car within a couple of inches from her.


RE: Automatic Braking
By Dr of crap on 11/15/2012 10:09:57 AM , Rating: 5
TOO bad you didn't take her out.
We don't have many ways of removing the stupid from our society any longer. One less stupid person leaves more room for us.


RE: Automatic Braking
By Jeffk464 on 11/15/2012 1:18:48 PM , Rating: 2
round and round, I'm sure someone will be saying the same thing when you meat your demise.


RE: Automatic Braking
By Jeffk464 on 11/15/2012 1:19:21 PM , Rating: 2
ah meet


RE: Automatic Braking
By Dr of crap on 11/15/2012 1:44:36 PM , Rating: 2
It won't be from lack of common sense!


RE: Automatic Braking
By boeush on 11/15/2012 1:50:54 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, because smart people never get drunk.

And it's not as if stupid people ever feel the need to flaunt their idiocy in public fora, either...


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