NTSB Calls For Vehicles To Be Equipped With Collision Avoidance Systems

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have recently announced their desire to install collision avoidance technology in passenger vehicles. Automakers have already developed the technology, but it has not become a standard. Collision avoidance systems use advanced features such as cameras and lasers to detect other vehicles or pedestrians.

NTSB officials have claimed adopting collision avoidance systems would prevent 80 percent of rear-end car accidents. This change could be significant, as every year, 500,000 people are injured and 1,700 killed during rear-end collisions.

Out of over 684 passenger vehicles released last year, only four currently use collision avoidance systems. If collision avoidance systems became the standard on passenger vehicles, the NTSB would task the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with testing and rating the individual systems.

Automakers have expressed concerns that requiring all passenger cars to have anti-collision systems would rob consumers of choices, but the NTSB has brushed aside such claims.

How Do Collision Avoidance Systems Work?

Collision avoidance systems work by monitoring the surrounding environment with several technologies. Drivers can be alerted when collisions are imminent, and some avoidance systems can automatically brake. In a sense, they function as a backup “autopilot” for passenger vehicles.

As vehicles become more automated and capable of assisting motorists, car accidents may become less frequent. In the near future, collision avoidance systems could give way to self-driving cars.

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