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Should collision avoidance systems be standard on cars? Yes says NTSB.

Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a 60-page report outlining its recommendation that collision avoidance systems come standard on all new automobiles - both commercial and passenger vehicles.

While it remains to be seen whether this recommendation will gain traction among lawmakers, the discussion alone is an important first in making roadways safer for all motorists, especially in major cities such as San Diego. After all, if there is something that can be done to reduce car crashes, it should at least be considered.

Collision avoidance systems could prevent countless injuries

According to the NTSB report, rear-end accidents kill roughly 1,700 people and injure 500,000 more every year. If vehicles were equipped with collision avoidance systems, more than 80 percent of these car crashes could be mitigated - meaning the accidents could be completely avoided, or at the very least, their severity lessened.

Sadly, many automobile manufacturers have thus far been reluctant to install these systems in their new vehicles. In fact, the recent report points out that only four car models from last year came standard with a forward collision avoidance system.

Also, according to an article reported by USA Today, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has in the past maintained that consumers should be the ones who make the decision about whether or not they want to purchase a vehicle with an avoidance system installed.

However, until the use of collision avoidance systems becomes more common, many needless - and otherwise avoidable - accidents will continue to occur.

Source: USA Today, "NTSB calls for collision avoidance systems on all cars", Tadd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, June 9, 2015

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