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.
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