Feds to Begin Developing Rules For Mandating Collision Avoidance Systems

By Blake Z. Rong | February 07, 2012
As mentioned last week, safety technology trickles down from technological achievement to standard feature in about 30 years, or the amount of time it takes for our children to not know what a Laserdisc is. Collision avoidance systems are still in the fancy-pants realm of luxury cars, but the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is wasting no time: its regulators are already debating whether the technology to automatically avoid a collision should be mandated in the near future. And they are not messing around anymore: "We have been working on this notion for over a decade," said David Strickland, NHTSA Administrator. "It's time to go fishing. We're done cutting bait. We will make an agency decision in 2013." Collision avoidance allows vehicles to sense road obstacles and slow the car down electronically, even to a full halt if necessary. It also encompasses a portfolio of electronic lifesavers, including forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and electronic stability control—the latter already a mandatory component of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. According to the NHTSA, collision avoidance on all new cars could reduce up to 80 percent of common accidents, furthering the trend of an already low fatality rate on American highways. Impressive figures from the NHTSA, but the organization did not address the cost of mass-manufacturing these components, or improving infrastructure. Some in the NHTSA believe that there are far more cost-effective ways of dealing with fatalities, such as adjusting speed limits and replacing intersections with roundabouts. At this rate, a sweeping federal mandate of this sort of technology is still a long ways off: by 2030, just half of all cars will include collision avoidance. It’s already in high-end vehicles including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volvo, which issued the broad proclaimation that by 2020, "no one should be killed or be injured seriously in a new Volvo.” A noble goal from a company that’s always maintained a reputation for safety—even if it means introducing collision avoidance technology to the masses. Cars that drive themselves? Not yet. But cars that stop themselves when the driver is too busy wolfing down Carl’s Jr.? That’s a far less terrifying thought, for both commuters and enthusiasts. Source: Detroit Free Press

Collision Avoidance products , like Mobileye, are possible the bigs advancement in automotive safety since the seat belt. They definitely need to be mandatory and should be world wide.