Highway deaths in 2012 increased for the first time since 2005. In recent months, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) placed a focus on the use of technology to bring the death toll down.
Some might say the use of technology has increased the likelihood of involvement in a serious accident. The NHTSA estimates more than 600,000 motorists are using cellular or electronic devices at any moment during daylight hours in the United States.
To combat the overall increase in highway deaths, the NHTSA is working with automobile manufacturers to introduce technologies that include the following:
- Forward Collision Avoidance: Sensors enable this technology to detect objects in the near forward path of an automobile. Once an obstruction is detected, the car sounds an alarm and may automatically brake to avoid a rear-end collision.
- Seat interlocks: The NHTSA hopes to establish a safety standard whereby a car cannot be driven if occupants are not buckled up. According to the agency, approximately 3,000 people die each year in car crashes they might have survived if they were wearing a seatbelt.
- Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety: Sure to stir controversy, the NHTSA is proposing that automakers install devices that prohibit use of a car by an intoxicated driver. This is essentially a proposal to install ignition interlock devices on all vehicles as standard equipment.
- Vehicle-to-vehicle communication: In a move toward autonomous driving, the NHTSA plans to pursue technology that allows light vehicles to communicate with each other. Intended to communicate only basic safety information, the technology could help drivers avoid collisions in multiple driving environments.
If implemented, these technologies can improve safety and reduce the risk of a crash. Smarter cars may prevent deadly mistakes.
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