Engineers at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology in Japan are trying to come up with a new way to encourage people to drive safer by using scare tactics. Rather than a flashing red light or beeping tone to warn drivers of potential crashes, this system would be more proactive by warning drivers if they are driving too fast for conditions or following too close to the car in front of them. It would also give feedback warnings such as "You would die right now if you were in a crash" – an example given by New Scientist.

The safety system uses radar, sonar and lasers to monitor how the car is being driven, and if risky driving habits are detected, it would respond with a more evocative and emotional warning to scare the driver into safer habits. Would such visual or audible warnings change how you drive? Let us know in the poll below.

Would you drive safer if your car gave you gruesome warnings?
Yes, definitely 929 (11.3%)
Probably 1582 (19.3%)
Probably not 2340 (28.6%)
No, definitely not 3341 (40.8%)


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      Nuo Tang
      • 2 Years Ago
      The thing about human nature is our ability to adapt and be desensitized overtime. So while this may work for a week, over the long term of the car ownership, the driver won't pay attention to it anymore.
        Yeah yeah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nuo Tang
        Exactly. Eventually you'd get to the point where it would start to say "You would die right now..." and you'd be telling it to just shut up.
      Xander
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's pretty well established psychology that if the consequences don't actually occur, the townspeople stop listening to the car crying wolf. So, I predict that this will change behavior in the short term, then it will rapidly be tuned out and we'll go right back to how we were driving before.
      Cayman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like a really silly idea to me. Who in the world would actually buy a car with this installed or install it in their vehicle??? Yes, I want to be annoyed every time I cross 75mph. Who can I give my money to make that happen?
        Garage Bum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cayman
        I partly agree. I think the idea is genuine, but the actual application wouldn't work as well. It will help to deter some people, but for others it's just going to annoy them a whole lot. Plus, there are circumstances where you may need to drive faster than recommended, follow closer behind someone, etc. Also, if you're going significantly above the recommended speed limit, you probably already know you shouldn't be driving that fast.
      Алим Осипов
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would accept such feature as a challenge, and would do my "best" to hear all the warnings it has got.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stupid idea if there ever was one. How is this gruesome btw, unless it is going to show you graphic pictures of your decapitated body?
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      dashboard distraction is going to raise the accident rate
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can see this having unintended consequences, like people driving really fast just so they can hear their car tell them they could die. After a while, some will disconnect it, or just ignore it.
      michigan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stupid idea. There are warning labels on cigarette packs and people still smoke don't they?
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would sell it. My cars job is to do what I tell it to do, not bother me when I am in the zone.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would turn the car in or not buy it in the first place. Cars just need to STFU.
      Daniel D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I imagine at least some of the people this technology would be aimed at would actually drive worse, in a game to see how many different and new things the car can say about their driving. There would also be some idiot out there who would want to sue the car manufacturer as their car keeps saying they are a lousy driver, but they've never had an accident in thirty years. Caused a few sure, but never had one themselves.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Daniel D
        That's a good point. When you introduce "gamification", people treat it like a game.
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