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Car Door Exit Warning Technology Is Coming

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Car Door Exit Warning Technology Is Coming
Car Door Exit Warning Technology Is Coming

A report out of Australia indicates door exit warning technology designed to prevent collisions with cyclists riding by will become pretty much standard in new cars. According to Drive, having such systems will be necessary for vehicles Down Under to capture that all-important five-star safety score. The feature is already available on some cars in every market, but this move could trigger it becoming standard not only in Australia, but also in the US.

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The technology involves sensors in the rear bumper of the car detecting an approaching cyclist. When triggered, lights illuminate in the side mirror and door panel and a chime sounds out, warning a driver or passenger to not open their door at that moment. It would also work if there’s an approaching vehicle.

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Reportedly, 726 crashes involving cyclists hitting car doors happened in Victoria between July 2014 and June 2019 with one fatality. This necessitates loading another system into our growingly complex new vehicles.

A wise man once said “when it’s safe enough” is code for “never” because life inherently is risky and therefore safe. This isn’t to say safety isn’t important or necessary, but when it is the value cherished above all else, things are out of balance. This hyper-focus on safety becomes limitless because everything is seen as a threat, including freedom.

Images via Mercedes-Benz
Images via Mercedes-Benz