Automatic emergency braking is an emerging technology in the automobile industry. Many auto manufacturers already provide customers with this safety feature. School buses are now being equipped with these kind of optional safety systems as well. What if we did something amazing by preventing illegal school bus passing by employing this new technology? Andrew Gardner, a contributing blogger to School Transportation News, is proposing this very solution.
We could take the existing school bus stop sign and place a sensor on it or in the bus itself that would “talk” to cars equipped with the automatic emergency braking feature. When the stop arm is deployed, the sensor would sync with the nearby cars with AEB, signaling the driver to apply partial braking to their cars and alerts the drive of potential tragedy.
This will eliminate the “I didn’t see it” excuse that is frequently given to law enforcement after a citation for illegally passing a stopped school bus, and potentially saving lives and preventing injuries to children loading and unloading from a bus.
Andrew is currently seeking a response from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on its opinion of this proposed safety concept.