Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
Dedicated to exposing, and resisting, the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Rise of The Machines

My thanks to a loyal reader who alerted me to a story about Nanny's chums from Thatcham (an industry funded research centre) that is seeking government support for a scheme to encourage motorists to buy cars with auto-emergency braking systems.

Thatcham's ‘Stop the Crash' campaign wants the Treasury to introduce and fund a £500 incentive for those choosing to buy new cars with AEB fitted.

Seemingly, as per Post, cars equipped with autonomous emergency braking have 18% fewer third party injury claims. An incentive to encourage drivers to buy cars with anti-crash technology would save 60 lives and result in 760 fewer serious casualties, in just three years, according to research by Thatcham.

That is all very nice if the systems work, and if the drivers of cars fitted with these devices don't become lapse in their driving as they become seduced by the "comfort" of thinking that the car will save them from stupid and dangerous driving.

The simple fact is to rely on the car, and complex computer systems, will take away the driver's need to be alert/vigilant and will add to the risks of accidents happening.

Additionally, were drivers not to tailgate or drive recklessly in fog and dangerous conditions in the first place such devices should not be required.

Handing over responsibility for driving to a machine is a risk in itself.

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  1. Tonk.3:16 PM

    I too think this system could lure drivers into a false sense of security. I suspect someone would try to use a system failure as a defence to a death by dangerous driving charge....I suspect the driver would still be held responsible by the court.

  2. Anonymous4:46 AM

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