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A Shift in Safety Technology Is Coming, Former Edmunds Vice Chairman Says at Safety Conference

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edited September 2014 in General

imageA Shift in Safety Technology Is Coming, Former Edmunds Vice Chairman Says at Safety Conference

The auto industry is seeing a wave of technology cresting over its vehicles, said retired Edmunds Vice Chairman Jeremy Anwyl in a speech at a recent safety conference.

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  • Anwyl's "proposed solution was driver education, not more laws." Thank goodness. That is THE heart of the problem. Here's the thing about most bad drivers, they just don't think. They don't think about giving up a life for a text message, a beer, or just being to involved in a conversation. They don't think about the chance that they may have to make a full panic stop to avoid an accident while speeding to work. They don't think that there's a chance that they may miss a car, or a low visibility road user like a motorcyclist, when rolling a stop sign. They don't think about most of this stuff because it hasn't been taught to them, and they don't know how to think about the act of driving, its privileges, responsibilities, and problems because they haven't been trained to think about that either. Here's a good example: We don't let people design a bridge with having been strongly educated, because people might die. Heck, on a big bridge, hundreds of people might die because of a bad design. However, on our roads, we let almost anybody drive a three thousand lb missiles with almost no training or education at all, and people DO die. Thousands of them a year. Men, women, and children. Let's become better, safer drivers. A law saying I have to be a better driver won't help, and blind spot monitoring doing my job for me won't help either.
  • *"We don't let people design a bridge WITHOUT having been..." Sorry.
  • Quote: "Safety should not just be for those who can afford it," said Hersman.

    If the car is too expensive, then entry level buyers will simply buy a cheaper used car that will not have the features and completely dismiss the point of the exercise.

    Make it harder to get a license, mandate retesting every decade, and see the roads clean up.
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