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Re: Safety
  • 1/29/2015 10:36:30 PM
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Wow, driving tests? They still have those? I would think it's better to allow them to take the test with the technology. That way, you know they can use it properly (because that's what they'll be doing in real life!). It's like making kids take typing tests and forcing them to take the tests on an old-fashioned typewriter.

Re: Safety
  • 1/28/2015 11:03:49 AM
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@Broadway The old car I drive doesn't have that camera, but I'm all for it. The only thing that people have to be aware of is that driving tests, as far as I know, still disallow them. So new drivers do have to train without the benefit of the cameras. 

Re: Safety
  • 1/27/2015 10:21:02 PM
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@Maryam, I love my new right-side camera too. Talk about blind spots. I've since started driving a, gasp, minivan, and I basically can't see anything on the whole right side of the planet. It's amazing the drop in fatality rates for cars as these safety features continue to work their way down from luxury to affordable cars. See http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-auto-related-fatalities-fall-3-1-in-2013-1419014182

Re: Safety
  • 1/27/2015 5:13:24 PM
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@Maryam That's true. I remember someone saying that shortly after she got a mini-van she backed up over a stroller -- happily, no one was in it. 

Re: Safety
  • 1/27/2015 3:27:26 PM
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Arielle I completely agree . I think that safety features should be standard on all cars not just luxury cars . I have a backup camera on my car and honestly I don't understand how I drove for 20 years without one! Whenever I drive the rental car without a backup camera I realize how much I really not seeing when I back up . It really is quite frightening . The blind spot is much larger than we all really anticipate . That spot could mean injury or death or at the least damage to a car .

Re: Safety
  • 1/27/2015 9:59:38 AM
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@Mayram yes, self-driving cars do offer some advantages. However, it still looks like they will not be accepted in the mainstream for a number of years. In the mean time, some self-driving features, like recognizing an obstacle in the street that the driver has failed to not and automatically stopping the car, are entering into cars to make them safer for human drivers. 

Safety
  • 1/26/2015 8:48:12 PM
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Ariella thanks for the great post this especially valuable for new drivers that might need some additional guidance or older drivers whose reflexes may have started to fail. It's a great way that technology can help save lives every day. However if the self-driving models ever become a reality it won't be an issue for anyone!

Re: Safety
  • 1/23/2015 2:41:22 PM
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@tomsg well, not all bad. Yes, there's an escalation in electronics. But we already have that with the equipment expected for a completely connected car experience. As those component tend to diminish safety by contributing to driver distraction, more technology is needed to alert the driver to redirect his/her attention to the road.

Re: Safety
  • 1/23/2015 2:39:54 PM
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@kq4ym Good point. I love the style of antique cars. And when I see the cars that can still operate 50, 60, 70, even 80 years after they were first produced, I think today's models are not likely to pull that off. Keep any car long enough, and the computer sensors start to go, and yes,  the repairs are not cheap. I'm happier to just need a new battery for under $100 than to need one of those $300 or $400 parts, which also have to first be diagnosed from a rather vage "Check engine" alert.

BTW if you like old car styling but are a real expert on vintage autos, see if you can identify this one:

Re: Safety
  • 1/23/2015 1:24:22 PM
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This is all bad for the consumer.

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