- Prakhar Jain
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To reduce Rear Impact Collisions by almost 80% using Rear Flashing Brake lights
This idea is not original. I first saw it on Discovery channel where engineers from Mercedes demonstrated this for their new cars. According to their research and studies, the driver reaction time was reduced by 33% when flashing rear lights were used in sudden braking conditions. This in turn reduced the number of Rear Impact collisions by about 80%.
The system works by flashing the rear brake lights in the event of sudden braking or emergency braking. The flashing lights reduce the driver response time which in turn reduces the chances of collisions.
(For better understanding of the concept, you can view the videos and facts I have compiled on this page: http://wp.me/pinhe-gu)
My concern is that even though this system costs just about 20$ per car, I do not find it being employed in almost any stock vehicle. Living in a developing country (India), I have never seen it. This is when India is a major market for automobile companies. Hence, as far as I believe, if this feature were to be a stock feature of car being manufactured in US or Europe, the same car would be sold in India and hence should have that feature when sold in India.
I believe, that when a feature has the capability of reducing the chances of a Rear Impact Collision dramatically it should be used as a standard feature in all cars manufactured in the present world.