According tomedia reports, if modern safety technology can be used as standard equipment on all new cars, then the number of road deaths in the United States will be reduced by half. Overall, if all light vehicles in the United States are equipped with modern technology, 168,000 to 205,000 lives could be saved each year. According to a new analysis by Consumer Reports, implementing automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, blind spot warnings and pedestrian detection systems could save about 11,800 lives a year.
The report notes that the widespread use of car-to-vehicle communication technology could also save an extra 1,300 lives, while the use of drunk driving prevention technology could prevent between 3,700 and 7,400 deaths.
According to Consumer Reports, 36,560 people died and 2.5 million were injured in 2018 in the United States, bringing the total economic damage to about $800 billion.
Later this week, the House is preparing to vote on Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2). In addition, the bill includes requirements for new vehicles to be equipped with advanced drunk driving prevention techniques and proven crash avoidance systems. In addition, it called on the Ministry of Transportation to modernize its five-star safety rating system to make it more useful to consumers.
But Consumer Reports points out that there is not enough evidence to support claims that self-driving cars have been shown to be life-saving. To that end, William Wallace, security policy manager for Consumer Reports, said Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top priority should be to use the life-saving technologies we currently have and make sure they are available on every new vehicle as quickly as possible.