Critics: Car Safety Needs to Be Addressed
That’s nearly 100 a day dying on our nation’s highways, yet any apparent outrage remains muted at best.
Though the figure is the lowest in decades, it’s still an outrage in a country where education, technology and awareness should add up to much lower numbers.
And with the huge North American International Show in Detroit opening soon, Parker believes that if the recent Los Angeles Auto Show is any indication, car makers “hope to pound every last penny out of current technology before bridging out higher mileage, cleaner and safer vehicles.”
“As politically difficult as it is to even broach the topic of gun control in this country, the deaths of near 100 Americans daily using our most popular and personal forms of transportation goes almost unmentioned,” Parker writes.
Parker says that although President Obama has set some laudable goals for mileage and emissions, “more of a laser-like beam” needs to be focused on auto safety. “While Obama has suffered along with us through the recent horrors of gun-enabled mass murders, when he talks about children it would be good if he’d keep this in mind: someday soon his daughters will be driving and there are things he can do now to make that experience safer for them,” Parker writes.
In an article in TechNewsWorld, Patrick Nelson writes that the biggest problem regarding car safety now is: “As a car maker, how do you address consumers’ expectations that they should always be switched on to their network when you need those consumers to concentrate on their driving in order to use your product?”
Nelson describes some of the newest technologies, in which car makers deliver connectivity but safely, by managing the interface. Livio’s Livio Connect product helps users safely access and control smartphone-like apps through their car stereo, and safety features include shutting down the user’s smartphone’s interaction, he writes.
Qualcomm uses the Wi-Fi Alliance standard called “Miracast,” which forces interaction from handheld devices into the in-car screen, Nelson writes. A Qualcomm chip-enabled device then controls the screen. The device is upgradeable and allows users to upgrade it regularly and thus not have the in-car screen become out of date, Nelson writes.
Intel is developing in-car technology that lets the car connect with the cloud, Intel automotive strategist Joel Andrew Hoffmann told Nelson. In addition, Sprint has introduced its Sprint Velocity product, a flexible in-vehicle communications platform that makes it possible to pick and choose wireless elements, such as music, news, weather, sports, and other infotainment; navigations; remote connections for devices; emergency services; and engine diagnostics, Nelson writes.