In our post last week, we began a discussion about safety features in automobiles. Specifically, the safety features we tend to take for granted (like seat belts and air bags) were once optional add-ons for which car buyers paid a premium. Through common-sense regulatory efforts, however, truly crucial safety features have become standard in all new vehicles.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending similar measures for one piece of safety equipment for the past two decades, with little success. Collision avoidance systems are becoming ever more sophisticated, and the NTSB recently reiterated its recommendation that these systems become standard features in all newly manufactured passenger and commercial vehicles.