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NHTSA Talks Technological Developments Aimed At Improving Road Safety

April 27, 2012 by The Parrish Law Firm

In an attempt to reduce car accidents and deaths, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun studies on electronic protection in newer cars, reports Motortrend.com.

The NHTSA’s first project involves a “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V) system that would warn drivers of a possible collision. If executed, this system could protect drivers who are changing lanes and approaching intersections by detecting other cars in nearby lanes or those who failed to stop at a red light.

In addition, the administration seeks to make “Brake-Throttle-Override” features a standard component in all cars. This feature would immediately cut engine power if both the accelerator and brake pedals were pushed, as in cases where a gas pedal gets stuck.

The “Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety” (DADSS) is a project aimed at reducing drunk driving by preventing a driver from starting his car if his blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 or higher.

Finally, the agency hopes to reduce distracted driving by creating a technology that would prohibit the use of cell phones or other electronics unless the car was in park.

While the NHTSA is already considering these technological possibilities, they also express a desire for public feedback before furthering their advancements. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts on these projects, you can visit Motortrend’s website and leave a comment.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC would like to remind you of the importance of driving safely, regardless of your vehicle’s technological capabilities. If you have been in a car accident and need legal assistance, email us or call 703-906-4229 now.


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