Published on November 16, 2023, 10:51 pm

Ntsb Urges Automakers To Implement Anti-Speeding Technology In New Vehicles To Reduce Fatal Accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is pushing for automakers to incorporate anti-speeding technology in all new vehicles in order to reduce the number of fatal accidents caused by excessive speeding. In a recent recommendation, the NTSB called on 17 automakers to install speed-assistance technology that would at least alert drivers when they exceed the speed limit.

There are two types of this technology: active intelligent speed assistance (ISA) and passive ISA. Active ISA utilizes a car’s GPS location, a database of posted speed limits, and onboard cameras to ensure that drivers adhere to the speed limit. The system includes mechanisms that make it more challenging, though not impossible, for drivers to exceed the posted speed limit. In some cases, electronic limiting of a vehicle’s speed may be implemented to prevent it from surpassing the speed limit.

Passive ISA, on the other hand, uses visual, sound, or haptic alerts to warn drivers when they are speeding. However, unlike active ISA, it ultimately remains the driver’s responsibility to slow down.

In addition to recommending ISA technology, the NTSB also urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and states within the U.S., including Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., to implement programs aimed at identifying repeat offenders and deterring them from engaging in reckless driving behavior.

These recommendations follow a tragic car crash in Las Vegas in January 2022 that claimed nine lives. The NTSB investigation determined that excessive speeding and drug impairment were contributing factors in the accident. Furthermore, Nevada failed to hold the driver accountable despite numerous citations for speeding.

In an incident during late January, a 2019 Dodge Challenger ran a red light at 103 mph and collided with five other vehicles, including a Toyota Sienna minivan. Unfortunately, both occupants of the Challenger and all seven individuals in the Sienna lost their lives. The NTSB concluded that drug impairment, with the driver having used cocaine and PCP, impaired decision-making. Additionally, the driver had a history of speeding offenses.

Jennifer Homendy, NTSB Chair, emphasized the importance of taking action to prevent such tragedies: “This crash is the latest in a long line of tragedies we’ve investigated where speeding and impairment led to catastrophe, but it doesn’t have to be this way […] What we lack is the collective will to act on NTSB safety recommendations.”

According to the NTSB, speeding-related crashes resulted in 12,330 fatalities in 2021 alone. This accounts for approximately one-third of all traffic deaths in the U.S. that year. In a previous report, it was noted that implementing technology like ISA could potentially halve traffic fatalities. Unfortunately, there appears to be resistance towards adopting these measures despite their potential impact on road safety.

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