Though just 2-3% of all wrecks, they're almost always fatal.
Our recent thread on safety nannies
prompted me to wonder if any of the current nannies would have any effect on these. It seems to me a capable programmer could combine the lane-keep (make it move-over) and emergency braking functions to save ONE of the vehicles/drivers at least. I contacted NHTSA and asked them about this and their response was links to a few links.
The Evolution of Automated Safety Technologies
NHTSA IN SUPPORT OF AUTOMATED VEHICLES 3.0
DRIVER ASSISTANCE TECHNOLOGIES
Driver assistance technologies in today’s motor vehicles are already helping to save lives and prevent injuries.
A number of today’s new motor vehicles have technology that helps drivers avoid drifting into adjacent lanes or making unsafe lane changes, or that warns drivers of other vehicles behind them when they are backing up, or that brakes automatically if a vehicle ahead of them stops or slows suddenly, among other things. These and other safety technologies use a combination of hardware (sensors, cameras, and radar) and software to help vehicles identify certain safety risks so they can warn the driver to act to avoid a crash.
The continuing evolution of automotive technology aims to deliver even greater safety benefits and – one day – deliver Automated Driving Systems (ADS) that can handle the whole task of driving when we don’t want to or can’t do it ourselves.
My interpretation: "Huh?" From the links they sent it seems like V2V is their answer. Thanks, guys.
Here are some "facts" for the gullible:
NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES THAT COULD BE PREVENTED USING V2V TECHNOLOGY
In a year? In 10 years? In 20 years? After bot-mobiles have been driving us all around for 30 years? This from an agency that spends millions or billions. V2V can prevent 615,000 crashes. Thanks, servants!
Posted Jun 27 2019 06:40AM CDT
Video Posted Jun 27 2019 05:38PM CDT
Updated Jun 27 2019 05:42PM CDT
GARLAND, Texas - The Texas Department of Public Safety is trying to determine what caused a driver to head the wrong way on the George Bush Turnpike Thursday morning, leading to a fatal crash.
The crash killed the drivers of the two vehicles involved. The wreck shut down the roadway for more than five hours.
The crash happened in the westbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike, between Campbell and Shiloh roads in Garland, at about 2:30 a.m.
DPS is still working to find out why one driver decided to make a U-turn in the middle of the highway and go the wrong direction.
State troopers had stopped a suspected drunken driver when they learned of a wrong-way driver on the other side of the highway.
The troopers ran toward a concrete barrier to try to stop that car. It ended up hitting another car head-on.
DPS identified the wrong-way driver in the Honda Civic as 22-year-old Katherine Long, of Frisco.
Authorities said she crashed head-on into a Ford Taurus driven by 53-year-old Joseph Wallace, of Rockwall.
Long, the wrong-way driver, died on scene, while Wallace was taken to Medical City Plano, where he later died.
Preliminary investigation indicates Long turned around in the westbound lanes for some unknown reason, and started driving in the wrong direction near Midway, traveling more than ten miles before crashing.
No one else was hurt.
“This was just in the middle of the road,” said DPS Lt. Lonny Haschel. “They didn’t use a cut-through like you see emergency personnel use. This was not that. This was your typical three or four lanes of tollway down by Midway. They slowed down, did a U-turn in those lanes and went back the other way, which is odd. It’s very unusual, so again, we’re trying to figure out why on earth that person did that.”
DPS says toxicology will be performed on both drivers, but it’ll take some time to get the results back.
Investigators also haven’t released how fast the wrong-way driver was going.
The road was shut down for about five hours during the investigation, but opened back up just before 8 a.m.
Toledo woman dead after wrong-way driving crash
JUL 4, 2019 9:21 AM
A Toledo woman driving the wrong way on U.S. 23 in Sylvania Township died after she was struck by a tractor-trailer rig.
Kimiko Kenney was driving southbound on U.S. 23 in the northbound lane about 11:23 p.m. Wednesday when she was struck by a truck headed north, according to a release from Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The truck driver, Thomas Larson, of Inkster, Mich., was not injured in the crash.
Mrs. Kenney was taken to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, where she died.
The Toledo Highway Patrol post is investigating the crash. They were assisted on scene by Sylvania police, Sylvania Township police, and Sylvania Township’s fire and rescue department.