NTSB Wants New Safety Systems in All Vehicles to Reduce Distracted Driving Deaths
November 15, 2012 8:49 AM
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Stupid is as stupid does...
A large number of deaths are attributed each year to
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.
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RE: Automatic Braking
11/15/2012 1:32:18 PM
Exactly. I used to do that, but as I've gotten a little older, I've just stayed in the right lane unless I'm passing.
I've been in one accident that I didn't cause and couldn't avoid (rearended while at a complete stop). Can count on one hand the number of tickets to my name as well in 12 years.
RE: Automatic Braking
11/15/2012 7:51:17 PM
Dunno how many lanes you are talking about but if its 3+ then please get the hell out of the right lane. It is the merging / exiting lane and it is where the vast majority of highway accidents occur (as in 95% iirc). Hanging out in it is truly asking for [stuff] to happen and making stuff happen just by being there.
As for rear-end while stopped, truly good drivers leave room ahead and plan a quick escape to get out of the way of rear enders. You need to be vigilant till that next car displays a readiness and ability to stop properly. Of course, if there is no escape route, then you are well and truly at their mercy and screwed if they suck at driving.
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