Are you a responsible driver? I know you will say yes. Yet, the National Safety Board (NTSB) doesn’t think so. According to regularly releases stats most drivers are distracted, which leads to accidents daily. This urges the NTSB to push for more safety features installed in each vehicle. If you check the Most Wanted List you can learn more. NTSB is mandating technology to make driving safer – technology features that will make decisions instead of you. Then who will be to blame when accidents happen?
Decide to drive like an idiot and your car can hijack you!
The NTSB urges the government to “establish performance standards where still needed and mandate that these technologies be included as standard equipment in cars and commercial vehicles alike.” Here they talk about both personal and commercial vehicles. On one hand it would be great to have more safety features that could prevent accidents. However, this will make vehicles more expensive and complex.
Shouldn’t we be instead pushing for more education and attention on the road?
Technology that will control how we drive.
Here we are not talking about more air bags and safety belts. We are talking about technology that will control the driving process. Some of these systems are already available for some luxury vehicles. Most features cost thousands of dollars. If you can afford this tech safety features for your car, then you can get it now. But if you can’t really afford such extras what do you do?
The money for … more education or technology?
The NTSB claims that thousands of injuries can be prevented if more technology is implemented. They say that people are distracted and fatigued and technology can help. Why then they removed fatigued from the “Most wanted” list though it has been on the list since 1990? It is great that the government wants to make driving safer and prevent fatalities, but technology is not always the answer.
Technology that will let you drive like a moron.
The agency recommends driver assisting systems like lane departure warning, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control and collision warning systems. They want to totally eliminate distracted driving by implementing technology that will disable cell phones while in the vehicle. The use of cell phones is the main cause for distracted driving, and many accidents on the road, so it is good they are fighting it. Yet what do you do if a friend or family calls with an emergency and they can’t reach you? Furthermore, let’s think about commercial truck drivers and their constant need to communicate with dispatchers and customers. They need cell phone all the time in order to keep the American industry running.
Vehicle safety technology is good, but it could be a little too much. Imagine if we have all this safety features in the car … distracted driving won’t be an issue anymore simply because it won’t be driving. It will feel more like being on a train.
Do you want a tech loaded vehicle that thinks instead of you?