Pedestrians and Automotive Technology
In the past thirty years, the advances made in automotive technology is truly impressive. We have brakes that will apply independently in an emergency. Our vehicles are capable of steering on their own if we nod off at the wheel. The plethora of cameras, sensors, and use of lighter manufacturing materials are widespread. Backup cameras have been mandated for 2018 and beyond for all vehicles in the United States. Yet the past two years we have seen the largest number of pedestrian deaths in nearly three decades. How can this be? If anything, pedestrians should be safer as they are surrounds by ‘watchful’ vehicles.
-Pedestrians and PEDs-
Jonathan Adkins, GSHA Director said recently, “Two consecutive years of 6,000 pedestrian deaths is a red flag for all of us in traffic safety community.”. What is leading this surge in pedestrians being hurt and killed? The biggest culprit appears to be what you are (most likely) reading our blog with. The uses of PEDs has skyrocketed in the last decade. Adults, children, and even toddlers are seen using a cell phone, electronic watch or tablet. Per the GSHA 16 percent of all traffic deaths can be attributed to pedestrians. That is the highest it has been in 33 years. The most digital aware vehicle cannot anticipate pedestrians movements. Putting the phone in your pocket and removing your earbuds may just save your life.
-Hazards are all around us-
As cities become more densely populated, so do the sidewalks and crossings. The tighter the walking space the more often accidents can occur. If you add in construction areas then things can become dangerous for both pedestrians and drivers. Situational awareness is needed now more than ever. Compounding things are drivers from states that have legalized marijuana. While these states have warnings in place for drivers who use cannabis, they may not be paying attention to the warnings.
-Vehicle safety and pedestrians-
Chrysler is setting the bar for pedestrians and their safety when you are driving any Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram truck vehicle. For instance, the Chrysler Pacifica offers Crosspath detection, Blind Spot monitoring and cameras both front and back. The awareness of the vehicle is only as useful as the driver can make it though. It’s a difficult spot for all parties involved. Chrysler is doing their best to combat this issue. So the next time you are walking about take a few seconds to be aware of your surroundings. And if you have any questions about the safety features of our vehicles call or come by and speak with us.