Wrong Way Drivers are Warned
Germany has recently experienced an increase in fatal accidents involving drivers unintentionally traveling the wrong way, according to Mercedes-Benz. In just the past three months, more than 25 people have died due to wrong-way drivers. To combat the problem, Mercedes‑Benz developed a new traffic-sign recognition technology that can detect no-entry signs and provide audible and visual warnings to drivers when they enter the wrong side of the road. The new feature will be added to the automaker’s existing traffic-sign recognition system and will debut on the upcoming S‑Class later this year and the updated 2014 E-Class, which just launched in Detroit last week. Other models will follow, the company said, but for the time being, the system is available only in Germany. Traffic-sign recognition technology isn’t new. It’s been available in Europe from Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Opel and Volkswagen for several years. However, since most European traffic signs are a uniform size and shape, the technology is more accurate than it would be in the U.S., where a car’s camera would have to correctly identify a greater variety of square shapes. Like other traffic-sign recognition systems, the Mercedes-Benz technology uses a camera on the inside of the windshield. With the new added feature, it visually identifies no-entry signs and sends the information to the car’s onboard computer. If the system senses that the vehicle is about to pass a no-entry sign, the driver is warned with three loud beeps, and a red no-entry symbol lights up in the instrument cluster. To increase the system’s effectiveness, the car’s computer compares the information from the camera with data from the navigation system that can sense where certain restrictions are in place. The Mercedes-Benz traffic-sign assistance system also detects speed limits and no-passing signs as well as signs indicating when these restrictions end. This is always an interesting topic. Assume that manufacturers HAVE the technology to make the cars and driving safer. Is it negligent for them not to use it? It is a well-known fact that car manufacturers already have the technology that is intended for the next 10+ years of new cars. They don’t install it now, because they need new stuff for the future. But, if they have it, have perfected it and know that important safety features that are available right now, is it negligent to keep it hidden? If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us by calling (888) 467-0312 or visit us online at http://www.oliveroslaw.com/ with all your legal needs.