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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11/22/2012 3:50:43 AM
It's not that you're cynical, it's that you're being an idiot. Where are these hippies with all this power you imagine? Odds are best this will turn out to be a dead in the water idea from the start.
You're forgetting who really runs the country - huge corporations. If we don't all have cars, if not gigantic SUVs, how are we going to run to MegaMart to buy more useless crap?
You're living in some sort of fantasy world if you think hippies (by that I mean people who are actually politically leftist, not the Democratic party we have now) have any power whatsoever.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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