In April 2019, when 10-year-old Kevin Pope was killed by a passing truck in Orange County
, on his way home from school at Wetherbee Elementary, it brought to the surface many other tragedies across the state and the nation, tragedies that involve far too many pedestrians being hit by moving vehicles. Slightly more than a year after the death of Kevin, we’re taking a closer look at one of the more advanced technologies available in newer vehicles, something known as Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking
, or PAEB.
The concept behind a PAEB system is the existence of forward-looking sensors and cameras that detect when a pedestrian may be hit, thereafter quickly applying the brakes whether the actual driver does or not. The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration describes it as a “promising” technology, but one that has not yet been fully assessed or cultivated enough to warrant any kind of specific recommendations.
And while the NHTSA may not yet recommend PAEB, AAA conducted a research study in 2019 with vehicles containing the PAEB system and found even more reason to hesitate. According to their test results, which were conducted on streets with low level lighting and speeds rarely in excess of 25 mph, PAEB systems were inefficient and inconsistent, suggesting that even if a vehicle happens to have such a system installed, that drivers are not excused from the necessity of being alert behind the wheel.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a wrongful death, a personal injury, or a motor vehicle accident, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.