The GM OnStar Failure in California Illustrates Need for Regulation
The San Francisco Chronicle published an article on the rollover crash of a GM OnStar vehicle that failed to provide reliable location information to enable timely rescue. Rescue was delayed for 19 hours after the crash before the driver was found and transported to an emergency medical facility for care. Thankfully, due primarily to excellent work by police and rescue workers, the driver has survived. See http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Wrong-car-crash-location-spurs-OnStar-probe-5825410.php?cmpid=twitter-desktop
The article noted: “Clarence Ditlow, who directs the Center for Auto Safety in Washington, D.C., said the government should regulate safety features like OnStar.” Ditlow, a lawyer and engineer who has fought for auto safety for decades, is right. Without a Federal regulation requiring minimum performance standards for Automatic Crash Notification, a potentially significant safety technology, the public is not being adequately protected.
The lady saved in this crash is fortunate to have been rescued. How many Americans know that every year more than half the crash deaths are not taken to any medical facility for emergency treatment? Nearly 50 Americans every day. See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/assets/2012-00872-FATALITIES.PDF