The National Transportation Safety Board recently announced it is recommending collision avoidance systems be installed in all new commercial and non-commercial motor vehicles. The systems detect traffic and obstacles in front of a vehicle and warn drivers, with some even automatically applying the brakes.
While the NTSB does not have the authority to mandate a new rule themselves, they are pushing for the rule to apply to all motor vehicles, both commercial and non-commercial. To do this, they are lobbying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto manufacturers, and industry regulators.
Manufacturers are worried about whether the costs to consumers outweigh the benefits. Some recent studies show the technology may actually cause sudden rear-end collisions when such devices are mistakenly triggered.