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Old 06-10-2015, 12:13 PM   #1
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On Monday earlier this week, the NTSB initiated a campaign to adopt a Federal regulation requiring automated braking systems on all new cars. Their press release (along with links to their reports) can be found at http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-relea...20150608b.aspx.

Luckily, the NTSB, unlike NHTSA, does not have the power to create such a regulation.

Here is a response from Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers — the trade group representing Detroit automakers, Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and others:
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“Consumers want to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding on how they spend their safety dollars, and automakers agree. Consumers should be deciding what vehicles they drive and what technology is in those vehicles.”
Subaru is often cited favorably as a car maker which is making such technology (EyeSight) available in all of its car lines.
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Old 06-10-2015, 01:26 PM   #2
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Braking news. I see what you did there.
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:57 PM   #3
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Braking news. I see what you did there.
Stop the press... automatic braking news.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:58 PM   #4
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The automobile will always be a 3rd class machine no matter how many bells and whistles you cram into it. All this does is help create more lazy/poor quality drivers who depend on their car to do the work for them. Not cool. Safety features on a car are essentially just tools for the driver to utilize when driving, if you don't use that tool right people get hurt. Owning a hammer and knowing how to properly use it are two very different things.
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:18 PM   #5
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The automobile will always be a 3rd class machine no matter how many bells and whistles you cram into it. All this does is help create more lazy/poor quality drivers who depend on their car to do the work for them. Not cool. Safety features on a car are essentially just tools for the driver to utilize when driving, if you don't use that tool right people get hurt. Owning a hammer and knowing how to properly use it are two very different things.
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:35 PM   #6
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Coincidentally, yesterday's WSJ carried a piece by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. about how Google's autonomous self-driving cars have been involved in accidents at an abnormally high rate and yet none of Google's cars were technically at-fault.

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22a...ivers+worse%22
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Old 06-10-2015, 06:00 PM   #7
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I hope to my lucky stars that it never makes to the legislative level. Automakers already have to deal with too much red-tape diddly-doo.

It will probably eventually become a law, but we can hope it takes as long as possible to be enacted.

From the article's 2nd paragraph;
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“You don’t pay extra for your seatbelt,” said Chairman Christopher A. Hart.
Yes you do! You just don't see the added cost, because it's no longer an option.

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“And you shouldn’t have to pay extra for technology that can help prevent a collision altogether.”
But, you will pay extra. You just won't see cost because it won't be an option.

EDIT; There is never a free lunch. Someone ALWAYS has to foot the bill. Just because you don't see the bill doesn't mean it disappears.
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