il padrone wrote:gorilla monsoon wrote:Nice thought. So why do so many people end up dead and injured each year? Must be that safe driving and proper driver training everyone puts to such good use.
Don't bag-out the electronics systems until you have tried them and see/feel how they work.
I think you're missing the point here. When the electronic system fails (fails to detect, or fails to respond in the desired manner.... or you fail to activate it) drivers must be able to drive safely and with appropriate skill. Ignoring this is simply negligent but the trouble is, with all our daily driver distractions, that is what drivers are sorely tempted to do.
No, I'm not missing the point and having driven a number of cars fitted with crash avoidance systems I can tell you that they have very wide visual ranges on their cameras so failure to detect or failure to respond in the desired manner is extremely difficult. And they cannot be activated or deactivated - they simply operate while the host car is moving.
Australian drivers do lack skill, intelligence and manners and most lack any sort of true ability so this - "must be able to drive safely and with appropriate skill" -is nothing more than a nice idea that rarely translates into reality.
Personally I think that, as a rider, I'd put more faith in Volvo/Subaru/Mercedes-Benz/Volkswagen/etc etc electronic technology than I would in the skill levels of the average Australian driver.
And remember, we are not just talking about adult riders who have roadcraft but also about kids who lack any real commonsense or innate understanding of road rules and simply ride into intersections or across red light pedestrain crossings or pop out of side streets and head-off on the wriong side of the road.
Volvo, unlike many of us, is thinking laterally and is to be applauded for this kind of breakthrough technology. I'm guessing that within the next decade these systems will be on the majority of cars. If Volkswagen can put a crash avoidance system as standard on a $14,000 small car then why aren't such systems on all cars?