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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 boeush on 11/15/2012 2:01:37 PM , Rating: 2
are of course saints for making sure everybody else drives safely under the speed limit
Where I drive, it's usually the case that everyone consistently goes 5-10 over the speed limit. But there's always some asshat in a beeeeemer thinking he's (it's usually a 'he') on an autobahn, and expecting everyone to scamper out of his way and crowd the middle lane just so that he can rocket merrily onward to his next speeding ticket...
it's the law that you shouldn't be in the fast lane if you're going slower than the rest of the traffic behind you
It's also the law not to significantly exceed speed limits. I believe in many states going 20 over is actually considered a felony, yet I see people do that all the time and far more frequently than going "safely under the speed limit".
I'm clearly the problem having never been in an accident.
And the guy who liked playing Russian Roulette had never blown his brains out, either. Until one day he did...

RE: Automatic Braking
By BioHazardous on 11/15/2012 2:20:00 PM , Rating: 2
And the guy who liked playing Russian Roulette had never blown his brains out, either. Until one day he did...
Again, another person reading way too far into what I said. My only point was that there's going to be occasions where accelerating around something or getting close to something is safer than braking. In those instances, will automatic braking f*ck you over and cause an accident where you would have normally avoided one?

I never said I was speeding down the road 100% of the time going 30mph over the limit weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, and other general jackassery that over aggressive drivers do. I said essentially and maybe the modifer of 'rare' was a necessity for people to understand my point better.. On rare occasion I make an aggressive move, be it to avoid a bottleneck, or something worse.

Braking is not the answer to avoiding all situations that could be problematic, and a car that takes that decision away from me is not something I'm in favor of. Sure 80% of the population that already drives distracted would benefit from automatic braking.. That's not my point though. My point is how beneficial is it to the driver that's actually paying attention and knows when to accelerate out of problems and when to brake.

RE: Automatic Braking
By Rukkian on 11/16/2012 12:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
It does help you since hopefully less of the idiots out there hit you/others and there should (in theory) be less traffic jams and other situations you need to go around.

RE: Automatic Braking
By Azethoth on 11/15/2012 7:55:59 PM , Rating: 2
Not in Nevada. I got clocked doing 108 mph after slowing down for a turn and was informed if I was driving much faster I would have to go to jail instead of just contributing to some town's taxes.

108 - 65 = 43 mph

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