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Would you drive safer if your car gave you gruesome warnings? [w/poll]

Posted Jan 9th 2013 2:29PM


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.

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Would you drive safer if your car gave you gruesome warnings?
Yes, definitely47 (11.4%)
Probably75 (18.2%)
Probably not129 (31.4%)
No, definitely not160 (38.9%)

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January 10 2013 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Wade

With 128 million people in Japan who each see the world in their own way there are going to have to be a large variety of warning signals for drivers to choose from; that need to change with the time of day and kind of peril. What has worked very well is the shared responsibility system so that each driver gets assigned a share of responsibility for each insurance claim: even getting rear ended does not save the driver from at least a small claim on the insurance, so the premium goes up for a few years; something most drivers are sensitive to. Driving skills and responsibility have improved incredibly since I first went there in 1976. It is safer riding a bicycle there than in Vancouver, now.

I would prefer a recording, that does not distract at the time, with a record of having missed collision by however many metres or microseconds. Everybody should choose their own warning style.

January 10 2013 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Generally, people take on an impervious attitude once they start their car. They NEVER follow the speed limit, and don't consider the consequences. I can see where a feature like this MIGHT get annoying at times... but some people COULD use a dose of reality now and again. It doesn't surprise me however that the majority of survey takers wouldn't appreciate knowing that their "cocky" driving habits could lead them down a dangerous road!

January 10 2013 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply