U.S. safety watchdog groups are calling for a standardized way of shutting down engines in cars with keyless ignitions when in an emergency situation. The group says new vehicles, or those borrowed and rented from another party, may be unfamiliar to drivers. In that instance, having a standardized protocol for starting and stopping the vehicle could improve safety.
“These are the kinds of things you never think to read up on when you’re in a new vehicle or a rental vehicle,” Henry Jasny, vice president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, told Bloomberg. “It’s better that it’s standardized.”
The new rule would make the length of time a driver has to hold the stop button down the same for all vehicles. The watchdog group is asking for half-second to be the norm.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the proposed rule will cost automakers than $500,000 a year to implement. A recalibration of the electronics would likely be all that’s needed instead of all-new hardware. The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on December 12.