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The person you hit is still going to lie about the severity of their injuries and you're still going to get sued.

At the end of the day even if the person I hit does take me to the cleaners, I would still be happier if the severity of their injuries was reduced by something like this.

That said, well after seeing that video I don't think this airbag thing is going to do much to reduce injuries to the poor sap you just ran over. They're still hit by the front of the car before rolling up to bounce off the airbag and then flying through the air and hitting the ground/other objects just like a non airbag rundown.

I did like the automatic radar controlled braking. Might reduce the number of jackasses rearending people all over the place.


This. It's sad how many people in this thread are only talking about how much it'll cost you rather than the actual well being of the person hit. Goes to show that no matter what in the world, it all comes down to money.

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You've just realised this? wink.gif
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We don't hit enough people for these to be necessary.
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We don't hit enough people for these to be necessary.

How many people is enough? Should we just get a death panel to decide? Nobody was saying this is necessary, there's no regulations in line to make this required, but you want the safest car, Volvo is going to bring it.

I think this is an interesting idea, and personally I know several people who've been hit by a car, and a couple who got broken ribs from it - not fun. It's always a good thing to have engineers focused on safety instead of cutting corners - focusing on the latter leads to cars like the Chevy Aveo.
 
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See? I can do it too. I guess I should clarify that I would have no problem if the "victim" is actually injured and asking for reasonable compensation, rather than scratched up and seeking the maximum amount of the auto insurance policy. That is what I was trying to say.
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Those already exist, they're called trains.
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It would be so cool if our streets were rail-road tracks instead of roads with cars. We would all have our own personal train.
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What about hitting jaywalkers? Thats not the fault of the driver.
You sure are content in expressing how much other people really suck at driving and you are the god of all drivers. popesmiley.png
I think we should all just drive air bags instead of cars.

Actually, you are at fault to a degree if you hit a jaywalker. Though they are doing something illegal and dangerous you are still responsible for for trying to avoid any accident as best you can. Of course if they run out from behind parked cars and you have a split second to react you aren't at fault. But if you have time and aren't paying enough attention and run over someone, it's your fault whether they're crossing a freeway or a sidestreet. Do you approach stale green lights where people frequently turn without caution? Do you turn right without checking your passenger side? Probably, because most drivers seem to think that they'll never get in a collision.

My dad was a volunteer firefighter, and his stories have prevented me from ever drinking and driving or driving recklessly. I'm a cautious driver at all times, and it's saved my life and my quality of life.

Everyone in here who is saying "we don't need safety features like ABS, collision detection brakes, curtain airbags, pedestrian airbags, standardized biker helmets with visors etc. etc." have never seen the aftermath of a pedestrian getting hit or a really bad accident. It's awful. Like, I'm going to go puke now awful. So stop with the machoism and realize that safety features save lives. Jaywalkers getting smoked isn't Darwin at work, it's someone's kid who they will never see again because they were chasing a ball into the street.
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Actually, you are at fault to a degree if you hit a jaywalker. Though they are doing something illegal and dangerous you are still responsible for for trying to avoid any accident as best you can. Of course if they run out from behind parked cars and you have a split second to react you aren't at fault. But if you have time and aren't paying enough attention and run over someone, it's your fault whether they're crossing a freeway or a sidestreet. Do you approach stale green lights where people frequently turn without caution? Do you turn right without checking your passenger side? Probably, because most drivers seem to think that they'll never get in a collision.
My dad was a volunteer firefighter, and his stories have prevented me from ever drinking and driving or driving recklessly. I'm a cautious driver at all times, and it's saved my life and my quality of life.
Everyone in here who is saying "we don't need safety features like ABS, collision detection brakes, curtain airbags, pedestrian airbags, standardized biker helmets with visors etc. etc." have never seen the aftermath of a pedestrian getting hit or a really bad accident. It's awful. Like, I'm going to go puke now awful. So stop with the machoism and realize that safety features save lives. Jaywalkers getting smoked isn't Darwin at work, it's someone's kid who they will never see again because they were chasing a ball into the street.

And I'd like to add some more anecdotal evidence that someone got ran over and killed by a city bus in my city last year. They had the cross sign, crossing at a crosswalk, the bus turned left (mind you, buses turn REALLY wide and really slow), it was a fairly sunny day a little before noon, bus driver killed her. 1000% the driver's fault, you're just plain incompetent if you hit somebody in a crosswalk coming from a stop, doing a turn. Buses should have a safety feature that makes it impossible to literally run over people. But also even for jaywalkers, 99% of them cross with enough distance between the next car so the car (at worst) has to slow down to 20MPH or so. The biggest offending jaywalkers are drunk, I've had a few run in front of my car and I had to slam the brakes. Of course there are idiot jaywalkers, but the fact is that pedestrians have the absolute right of way in crosswalks, and drivers shouldn't be douchebags and try to speed up or drive around (or in front of, more often than not) pedestrians.
 
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post #48 of 69
What the **** at this thread?

It has nothing to do with being sued but rather protecting the LIFE of the ped.
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Sorry for asking but how do such things get onto OCN lol
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It would be so cool if our streets were rail-road tracks instead of roads with cars. We would all have our own personal train.

Those already exist as well laugher.gif (not personal train though)

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