Interesting thread, Barky. There’s no doubt in my mind that “Johnny Cabs” will be here in the very near future, far nearer than I would have thought just a few years ago.
I suspect that Smart Stop Technology will become ubiquitous very soon. European regulators are becoming very serious about pedestrian safety, perhaps because of the density of many of their towns, to the extent of already having mandated pedestrian-friendly hood designs. I’ll bet that they’ll mandate the technology very soon. Once they do, manufacturers will probably integrate it into their offerings worldwide. They’ve found in many cases that it’s less costly overall to build some features into all of their cars rather than try to parse out only those going to specific markets and adding a specific feature to only those cars.
Personally, while I’m not a fan of more regulations and generally like added features to be the choice of the buyer, if they MUST add more regulations I think this is one to which I have no objection. This system, along with those that assist us visually, truly can dramatically reduce pedestrian injuries and even accidents. It’s estimated that about 2400 children are run over every year in their own driveways in the U.S. alone.
Also, in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours.
Additionally, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries in 2015.
The first stat alone, the children getting run over in their own driveways, would make me support Smart Stop Technology as well as electronic visual assist technologies.