• supercharged avatar supercharged Posted: 8/3/2011 9:34am PDT

    There are a few concerns that have been touched. New systems added to a vehicle will add more potential expensive repairs. Will the government mandate they be warrantied for 100,000 miles like emmsions? Then as WD Marshal states...people will pay even less attention depending on the car to protect them and stop while they do everything but drive. Bottom line, enforce current laws with a bigger stick. If you are caught shaving, reading, texting, make it a $500 fine and enforce it, no warnings. If you cause an accident its $1,000. That will get peoples attention.

  • wd_marshall avatar wd_marshall Posted: 8/1/2011 5:53pm PDT

    I do not think there should be any drivers aids like accident avoidance, because yes people are driving distracted they need to be responsible for their actions. I see people everyday shaving, talkin on their phones, changing clothing on their commute and will a drivers aid make everything better? No they are going to be doing more and drive less.
    I say the government needs to crack down on distracted driving and give people the proper training to be on the road. Crack down on cell phones make the fine big enough so people feel it when they are charged. Make reading a big no no on the commute, and well if you are eating sushi with chopsticks while driving someone needs to get a ticket.

  • hi100 avatar hi100 Posted: 7/31/2011 7:08pm PDT

    Another electronic product to go wrong. More expense to maintain an auto and more headaches.
    I do not want on my autos, period. Or all this electronics in these Ford autos.

  • hi100 avatar hi100 Posted: 7/31/2011 7:06pm PDT

    Need to put it on Large Trucks and Semis.
    Do not need more electronics to make more distractions in driving.
    Got to remember, the Police have become Revenue Agents for their cities. Add something else to your auto and more fines for inattention driving, etc.
    Need to control the large trucks and put them at a 55mph speed limit.

  • Ue2Play avatar Ue2Play Posted: 7/31/2011 6:04pm PDT

    Not a chance of success. Car companies even fought making headlights come on every time windshield wipers are used. Test drivers every three years ( but everyone must have proof of insurance every year) and cracking down on cell phone distracted drivers will save many more thousands of lives.

  • mss627 avatar mss627 Posted: 7/31/2011 10:41am PDT

    I own a Honda Civic and a Dodge Truck. I've been run off the road in the Honda several times by larger vehicles yet people are reluctant to change lanes in front of my pickup. Small vehicles get zero respect. Apply that theory to a bicycle and you can see why people are getting hit. Law enforcement needs to step up prosecution and fines on drivers to run cyclists (and pedestrians). Also bicyclists who ride on public roads should be required to pass safety courses.

  • fb_100002604484542 avatar Michael Posted: 7/31/2011 8:03am PDT

    Do we need the government mandating more expensive changes to cars? What other stupid human tricks will want the government to control?

  • DRUFFO4291 avatar DRUFFO4291 Posted: 7/31/2011 7:48am PDT

    I also would like to see figures from insurance companies if and how much insurance premiums would be reduced if this option is included in a vehicle.
    Most times insurance companies take years to recognize proven safety items. Even then rates are only reduced very minimumly if at all.

  • jfed avatar jfed Posted: 8/1/2011 9:45am PDT

    You're correct, insurance companies most likely wouldn't lower premiums right away.

  • DRUFFO4291 avatar DRUFFO4291 Posted: 7/31/2011 7:40am PDT

    I think collision avoidance systems should at least be offered as a stand alone option. Now, when it is offered it is tied into with an expensive option package. Some manufacturer's even make it available only by adding multi option paskages. I've seen this with Infiniti, if you want their safety package option you must add in two other expensive option packages added up to almost $8,000.00.
    Some make it only available on their top trim level vehicles. ( Audi, Mercedes )

  • jfed avatar jfed Posted: 8/1/2011 9:45am PDT

    DRUFF04291, then you run into the issue of having X number of configurations each manufacture must build. By bundling options, the automakers are making it easier and more cost effective to produce vehicles.

    Not saying I disagree with you, merely stating the counter point.