Column: Make Safety Features Standard
June 16, 2021—As Congress works on the latest version of the so-called highway bill—the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act—it should make life-saving advanced driver-assistance systems standard in new vehicles.
That's the argument made by Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, in a column for Tech Crunch. More than 100 people die because of a car crash in the United States each day, he writes, and some of those deaths could be prevented.
"Existing advanced vehicle safety technology, such as driver monitoring systems, automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warnings, can dramatically reduce crashes like the three described above — and the thousands of others that are a result of drunk, drugged, drowsy and distracted driving," Levine writes.
"But only if the technology becomes standard equipment in new vehicles. When technology — underwritten by standards, bolstered by oversight and backstopped by accountability — can annually spare tens of thousands of families from tragedy, our federal government must act."