15 Jul 6 Facts to Know about Crash Avoidance Systems & Car Accidents (Pt. 2)
Picking up from where we left off in 6 Facts to Know about Crash Avoidance Systems & Car Accidents (Pt. 1), below we will continue our discussion regarding what people may not know about crash avoidance systems.
More Important Info to Know about Crash Avoidance Systems…
Fact 3 – Road conditions can affect the performance of crash avoidance systems.
Even the highest quality crash avoidance systems do not work perfectly all of the time. In fact, the conditions of the road on which a vehicle is traveling can negatively impact the performance of these systems.
For instance, lane departure warning and prevention systems specifically rely on the paint and/or other road markings to determine when a vehicle is inside of – or departing from – a lane of traffic. If these markings are faint, obscured and less than quality (because, for instance, they haven’t been properly maintained), lane departure warning systems will not be able to tell if or when a vehicle is drifting outside of a lane of traffic. In effect, this means that the system will likely not warn the driver of the lane departure and/or take corrective action to keep the vehicle in the lane of traffic.
Fact 4 – There is a push to make crash avoidance systems mandatory vehicle equipment.
Currently, there is some research that backs up the fact that crash avoidance systems reduce the risk of car accidents and save lives. Although many researchers are still investigating the degree to which these systems are effective (i.e., they are trying to specifically quantify the effectiveness of crash avoidance systems), some legislators and regulators are pushing to make it mandatory for all new vehicles to be equipped with these systems.
In fact, this push is being led by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (among others). The goal, according to Foxx, is to have a mandate that requires all new vehicles to be equipped certain types of crash avoidance systems in place before Obama leaves office.
Be sure to check out the conclusion to this blog for some final information and facts regarding crash avoidance systems and car accidents.
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