Report: Would you drive safer if your car gave you gruesome warnings? [w/poll]

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Engineers at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology in Japan are trying to come up with a new way to encourage people to drive safer by using scare tactics. Rather than a flashing red light or beeping tone to warn drivers of potential crashes, this system would be more proactive by warning drivers if they are driving too fast for conditions or following too close to the car in front of them. It would also give feedback warnings such as “You would die right now if you were in a crash” – an example given by New Scientist.

The safety system uses radar, sonar and lasers to monitor how the car is being driven, and if risky driving habits are detected, it would respond with a more evocative and emotional warning to scare the driver into safer habits. Would such visual or audible warnings change how you drive? Let us know in the poll below.

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Would you drive safer if your car gave you gruesome warnings? [w/poll] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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