Government groups and carmakers have a history of working together to improve driver safety. That’s how we got features such as seatbelts, airbags and shoulder straps. Today, safety advocates are pushing to prevent car accidents through technology. Some of the most popular areas of improvement are features like collision warning systems and emergency breaking.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created an optional timeline that aims to get features like this in every new car by 2022. For the most part, automakers are going along with the timeline, partly because customers are already asking for these features. Some safety advocates are concerned, however, that safety features are not coming soon enough. This could come at the cost of lives.
Could Driver Safety Features Be Coming Faster?
The Center for Auto Safety is filing a lawsuit that aims to pressure the NHTSA to require the changes in new cars. From their perspective, if the technology is ready and working, waiting to require it will only mean more car crashes. The lawsuit estimates that requiring technologies such as forward-collision warning could save as many as 110 lives a year.
On the other hand, pushing for faster improvement might also bring up the cost of cars. Additionally, if carmakers continue to add safety features, some argue that stricter requirements might only rush an improvement process that is already happening.
Issues like this are an important subject of debate, as we decide how quickly to add new safety improvements on the road. What do you think? Should regulators be pushing harder for new car safety features, or are automakers already going as fast as they can?