Is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about to add some more safety measures to your next new car
? According to The Detroit News
, they might be. The Motown daily says that government officials are pondering whether or not they should require new vehicles
to be fitted with lane-departure warning systems and automatic braking systems
that trigger upon warning of an impending accident. Both systems are currently available only in very small percentage of new passenger cars – primarily luxury vehicles
. According to the DetNews report, safety experts believe that the systems "show significant promise" in their ability to reduce traffic accident-related fatalities and injuries.
NHTSA will decide whether to require such systems in 2011 after further cost-benefit analysis, including looking at insurance
company data and estimated manufacturing costs. It has already added new components to its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for 2011 vehicles, including a test that measures the effectiveness of lane-departure warning systems and a different frontal-crash program.
NHTSA hopes to announce its findings by the end of the year.
[Source: The Detroit News