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New technology shows promise reducing skyrocketing pedestrian fatalities

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  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found digital safety systems that can spot pedestrians and apply a vehicle’s brakes automatically can help preventing many pedestrian collisions and reducing the severity of others.
  • Federal regulators are also looking at updating automotive lighting regulations that have gone largely unchanged since the 1970s. Lighting systems in Europe could help drivers spot pedestrians sooner.

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim had only a moment to swerve to avoid hitting a car that had stalled out in the middle of I-690 earlier this week, but he couldn’t avoid the other car’s driver, who had exited his vehicle and was trying to cross the freeway.

The deadly accident was just one of hundreds that have so far occurred this year, part of a rising tide of pedestrian fatalities that automotive safety advocates and government regulators are struggling to address. Over the past decade, the numbers have risen by nearly 50 percent, to around 6,000 annually, and could continue to grow, experts warn, due to a variety of factors.

But a new study released this week by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety highlights one possible response, the introduction of new, digital safety systems that can spot pedestrians and apply a vehicle’s brakes automatically, preventing many pedestrian collisions and reducing the severity of others. Another option would be to improve lighting systems so that drivers can see better and have more time to react.

“We want to encourage manufacturers to include pedestrian detection capabilities as they equip more…Read More

 

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/23/new-technology-shows-promise-reducing-pedestrian-fatalities.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Author: Paul A. Eisenstein

Image Credit: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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