NTSB: Time to Install Collision Avoidance Tech on All Cars

By CIOReview | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FREMONT, CA: According to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a federal agency that investigates transportation-related accidents disclosed that the collision avoidance technology should be made available on all vehicles due raising deaths in rear-end collisions.  The technology is now an on demand option found only on elected number of cars.

The sensor-driven technology carries systems that can protect and save lives as per the board which is not being taken into account with sobriety by auto industry. When the NTSB takes up the matter as public safety, the auto industry describes it as the consumer choice, where its left up to the consumer whether such a system should be installed for his/her safety pinpoints Lance Whitney in writing for CNET. The board also brings into notice that seat belts, air bags and other auto safety features were once optional which are now standardized.

NTSB, in its recently published report points out that rear-ends collision kills around 1,700 people each year and injures around 500,000. But by installing collision avoidance technologies more than 80 percent of these deaths and injuries can be brought down drastically.

The report also specifies that only 4 out of 684 cars released in 2014 included a complete forward collision avoidance system as a standard feature. One was the Mercedes-Benz G Class 4X4, and three were vehicles from Subaru, the Forester, Outback and Legacy.

With the aid of sensor detectors, collision avoidance systems can detect imminent crash while alerting the driver; and also saves the lives of people by automatically applying brakes or by steering the car in a different direction to avoid accident. The board further sought the involvement of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create tests and standards to rate the collision avoidance systems in all vehicles and add that information to the car's safety rating.

"There are almost two dozen driver assists on sale now, and some consumers may prefer a 360-degree camera view or parking assist. Automakers see automatic braking as helpful to consumers, but consumers should decide what they want and need," says Gloria Bergquist, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in a source responding to the NTSB.