Advocates: Speed-limiting tech could keep women safe on the road – WSB-TV Channel 2

WASHINGTON DC – There’s a new push to force automakers to put speed-limiting technology in newly manufactured cars. Proponents say this will specifically keep women safe on the road.

Research shows that women who drive and are involved in an accident are more likely to be seriously injured than men. Some believe that crash test dummies that simulate the female body will solve the gender disparity, but others believe the solution is not so simple.

“Our crash test dummies have inherent limitations,” said Jessica Jermakian, vice president of vehicle research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “We like to think of them as people, but they really aren’t people.”

“If we really want to have crash safety equity, the answer is really going to extend beyond thinking about crash test dummies,” she explained.

The IIHS is now looking at real-world crash data and how to make a car less deadly when it hits another car.

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One way to do this, the IIHS said, is to use something called Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance, or ISA. Essentially, it can either prevent speeding or issue warnings if the car is going faster than the speed limit. It is mandatory on new vehicles in Europe, but not here in the United States

“It’s something they could put in vehicles today that would help reduce speed and reduce crash severity,” Jermakian said.

We asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if they were in fact considering requiring ISA in new cars. Officials said earlier this year that they had asked for comment on these systems and would review any public comments received.

We got a document that shows the auto industry lobby told NHTSA they should consider this system.

“Safety is the automotive industry’s top priority,” wrote a spokesperson for the Automotive Innovation Alliance. “Vehicles continue to get safer as automakers test, develop and integrate promising new technologies, including smart speed assist, alcohol detection and child rear seat reminders, among others. These innovations make the driving experience safer and protect lives or prevent injuries.

Driver reactions are mixed.


“Everyone in California drives about 10 miles an hour over the speed limit, so I don’t think it would go very well in California,” said Paul Greenfield of Sacramento.

“Just like the little laterals that say ‘oh, you know, you’re going 50 mph in a 20, slow down,’ so I think it would be a good idea to have them in the cars,” Debbie Colby from Oregon, said.

Safety advocates are also trying virtual crash tests to be able to simulate a wider range of people in the car.

The VERITY NOW group, which fights for fairness in vehicle safety, said the government must act on all of this.

“We continue to do endless research,” co-chair Beth Brooke explained. “Why? Why? Why? And my question would be why not? It exists today. We’re not going to reduce anyone’s safety by using it. women’s lives in the meantime.

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