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Top 15 Most Important Auto Safety Technologies

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kwsmith30
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Cannot see the list
kwsmith30   5/12/2016 9:57:14 AM
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I cannot see or find the list of the top 15 most important Auto Safety Technologies.  Maybe you need to do something for us to see it?

FinnickyFinn
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Re: Cannot see the list
FinnickyFinn   5/14/2016 6:56:22 AM
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Click on the picture to see the slideshow. It will open in a new window. I have no idea why DN does not use something more modern like...uhhhh....everybody else.

kwsmith30
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Re: Cannot see the list
kwsmith30   5/14/2016 9:29:34 AM
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@finnickyfinn: thank you for the suggestion. I know about that. About 1 hour after I actually submitted my post, design news quietly fixed the issue (originally the photo was smaller and you could not click the photo to start the slideshow). Not sure why design news chose to post my posting after they fixed the photo for the slideshow. Yes, it really is cumbersome to have to click through the slideshow, especially in the format that they have.

Rick DeMeis
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Re: Cannot see the list
Rick DeMeis   5/16/2016 4:07:43 PM
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Finn is right. No reason to not have them all on a page or two rather than trying to boost clicks on the site using a slideshow.

whistler20
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Cupholder
whistler20   5/12/2016 2:35:59 PM
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Never thought that the cupholder was a safety innovation!  But, learned something new today.  Cars were really weird back before cupholders.  

FinnickyFinn
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Re: Cupholder
FinnickyFinn   5/14/2016 7:03:00 AM
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I can see the safety aspect...but drinking while driving even with a cup holder is pure danger and ridiculously stupid. Get up earlier and drink coffee at home. Much cheaper anyway than getting it at a store and saves a lot of trash a well. Next step would be to eradicate plastic cups in coffee bars and snack shops. May have no that big impact on vehicle safety directly, but many times my car was pelted by some fast food junk that a yahoo threw out the window. Do they do that at home as well? I digress...

FinnickyFinn
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Tire pressure
FinnickyFinn   5/14/2016 7:14:37 AM
I spent quite some time in Europe and there gas stations have much better air pumps. The unit is detachable from the pressurized air line and has its own pressure tank. Even better, there are two buttons on it, a green one to pump air into the tire, a red one to let air out. And the best is, there is a big easy to read pressure gauge on the unit with instructions on how to read the recommended pressure of the tire wall.

And what do we get in the US? An ever too short hose with a craptastic valve and zero guidance on how to properly inflate the tires. Many places even charge for this "service" and gladly sell you one of these horrible inaccurate pen sized pressure meters.

If there is any interest in having drivers check tire pressure regularly then make it much easier to use and do not charge for it. Also, with modern tech this can be even more simplified. Bake a tag into each tire that can be read out by the air pump. The pump will then add or remove air as needed to the correct pressure.

Also, add a small compressor into the wheel assemblies and have the tire get inflated as needed. The TPMs are already in place, so half of the tech is there. Uh, and make the TPM sensors much cheaper. A few times I was wondering if it would be OK to not spend the 50 bucks on replacing that dumb sensor. Why the heck is this dinky tiny thing so freakin' expensive? It should cost a few bucks tops and 5 seconds to install.

William K.
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Re: Tire pressure
William K.   5/24/2016 9:01:39 AM
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No "guide on how to inflate the tires"? If a person does not know how to inflate tires and what pressure to inflate them to then they should not be driving. It is that simple! An understanding of what is going on with the vehicle is part of safe driving. The tire pressure monitoring system was a great addition, but that stupid icon in a fire-orange color is a poor choice for delivering the warning.  If people can't read then why are they allowed to drive?

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Re: Tire pressure
FinnickyFinn   5/24/2016 10:51:23 AM
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Is inflating tires part of the mandatory course work for getting a license? It is not and thus requiring this knowledge is asking too much. I think it should be part of driver training as well as filling up and checklng fluid levels. By the way, the guide is for how to locate the info on the tire.

nully
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Side curtain airbags
nully   5/14/2016 10:14:29 AM
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I can attest to the life saving cababilities of the side curtain airbags. I was broadsided by a Lexus SUV in my little Subaru.

Both cars totaled.

I got a  cracked rib, but, just like in the comercial, I lived...

ChasChas
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Sword of Damocles
ChasChas   5/14/2016 10:25:30 AM
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When I was young (and foolish), I caused an auto accident. A little baby was hurt - not seriously. But, I see and hear that baby cry yet today in my occasional nightmares.

I drive with this Sword of Damocles hanging over my head every day - 50 years later and I have never caused another accident - not even close.

If we could somehow instill this Sword of Damocles in ALL drivers - how could this be done?

erikmorton
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Forgot at least one
erikmorton   5/16/2016 9:31:35 AM
The High Level Brake Light, required about 1986, making brake lights significantly more visible greatly reduced the quantity and severity of rear end collisions. Yea that's well ahead of cupholders on this list.

Francois Racicot
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Daylight headlamps
Francois Racicot   5/16/2016 12:21:19 PM
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I believe that daylight headlamps also help reduce the number of accidents over the years by improving car visibility.  Unfortunately, there is still a lot of car on the road (sometimes 1 on 10 !) on which the daylight headlamps doesn't work... I wonder why.

 

I would add that, in my view, the worst safety feature of the recent years would be the headlamp turn off when the turn flasher is on: I would prefer the lamp to steer in the direction of the turn instead of stupidely turn off !!

tluxon
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I couldn't help but think...
tluxon   5/16/2016 12:49:17 PM
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how much safer cars will be when we can no longer afford them or aren't allowed to drive them.  "Progress" is intriguing.

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Re: I couldn't help but think...
wst2   5/23/2016 2:10:12 PM
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My thoughts also. I read through the list and was thinking it needed a companion 'cost of each requirement'. Also, seat belts are very reliable, but all of the electronic safety features just add to the problems in keeping a car operating. I'm had multiple problems with TPS when the weather gets cold. I guess I just don't like the powers that be mandating more and more and making the auto less and less affordable.

William K.
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Re: I couldn't help but think...
William K.   5/24/2016 9:13:18 AM
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The expensive and most OVER rated development is that stability control, which only benefits the most inexperienced and reckless drivers. Knowing how to handle a skid used to be a driver training subject, and is not far behind knowing how to apply the brakes in value. That skid-trip-roll-crash sequence is mostly caused by driving way to fast for the conditions, which is usually caused by a lack of understanding of the very most basic kinematics. So why force all drivers to pay for an expensive feature that they will never use?

Next, we have those expensive and dangerous airbags, which, even bofore the Takata fiasco were killing people? We already had seatbelts, a proven mechanism that completely aside from reducing injuries during collisions also has the secondary benefit of helping a driver maintain control during sudden motions, such as big bumps, sudden sideways motions, and sudden hard braking.

The fact is that these things are mandated because that is how the profit is made. Safety does not sell, if it did most folks would be driving Volvos.

FinnickyFinn
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Re: I couldn't help but think...
FinnickyFinn   5/24/2016 10:54:42 AM
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Have you looked at how dismal the training requirements are for getting a license in the US? I think this is out of pure necessity to keep the nation going given the sad state of public transit.

As far as Volvo's go...many do not drive them because they cannot afford them. Also, their newer models are not as safe as the old big chunky ones were.

William K.
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Re: I couldn't help but think...
William K.   5/26/2016 12:30:45 PM
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My reference to Volvos was based on their being marketed as a "safety first" car, rather than any actual safety value. No, the current ones may not be as safe, actually, but that was not my point. Safety does not sell, because it is not the most important feature to most people. Aside from that, I still maintain that most lawmakers are there for the power, not to serve the public. I see evidence of this almost every hour.

Reuven
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Turn signals
Reuven   5/16/2016 9:34:19 PM
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One of my pet peeves is the poor design of turn signals.  It is hard enough to get drivers to use them, only to have them not visible when they are used.  Too many cars have the front turn signals mounted right next the headlights.  At night the bright headlights overwhelm the turn signals and you cannot see them.   They need to be mounted far enough from the headlights to be seen.  If proper seperation between the turn signals and the the headlights was designed into the car it would not be necessary to use tricks like turning off the headlight when the turn signal was on.

 It also helps to have the rear turn signals equiped with amber lenses, not clear or red lenses.  The idea is to make the turn signals as bright and color intense as possible, and to have as much contrast with other lights and colors on the car. Led bulbs that go all the way off are another item that helps people note the turn signals.

I always have trouble understanding why these simple ideas are not followed. It seems like another case of designers having more power over engineers.

patb2009
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Safety Tech.
patb2009   5/17/2016 11:18:49 PM
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1) I'd put the rearview mirror as #1... That's used all the time and it has dramatically reduced acidents, especially since the DoT/NHTSA started mandating three rearview mirrors.

 

2) Head Rests. The head rest dramatically reduced whiplash injury and fatal neck injuries.

 

3) Cupholders were added like mad in the 80's because it was a simple low cost way to

add utility to the "Live/Work/Drive : experience.  American manufacturers went crazy

adding cupholders while the japanese drove quality.

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