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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 Sahrin on 11/15/2012 1:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, the myth of innocence.

You may very well have never been in an accident. This doesn't mean you haven't caused any; and it *certainly* does not mean that you are a safe driver. "Your Honor, I may have blown a .5 on the breathalyzer, but I drive that way all the time. It's not unsafe if I've never had an accident."

The poster you replied to is absolutely right; statistically speaking your driving habits are exactly what causes accidents. You drive in the same manner as a distracted driver, and for that reason the safety systems will actually make you a better driver. Sorry you don't get to keep endangering other people's lives. I'll see if I can find some sad violin music to play at the not funerals of people who don't die as a result of your minimal loss of privilege.

RE: Automatic Braking
By BioHazardous on 11/15/2012 1:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, the myth of innocence.
Ahh assuming too much about how I actually drive based on one comment saying I occasionally (rarely) make a move where I worry about how automatic braking would possibly make a situation worse.

Go on assuming the wrong things though, that's your right.

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