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What can be done to prevent deadly car rammings?

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An attack last week in Melbourne, Australia, in which a man plowed an SUV into a crowd of Christmas shoppers comes from the same playbook used by terrorists in recent years around the globe. Many new vehicles rolling off car lots in the United States are equipped with technology that causes them to automatically stop if someone walks in their path. As more and more terrorists use vehicles to plow into crowds, the question has arisen in the auto industry: Can advances in technology thwart future attacks? And are there other ways to prevent the ubiquitous automobile from being used as a weapon?


Autonomous emergency braking systems automatically stop vehicles before a collision if a driver doesn't react, though it's not foolproof.

"For sure the technology is there to detect the pedestrians. The technology is there to automatically brake the vehicles," Jeremy McClain, director of technology in North America for Continental Automotive Systems, said earlier this year.

Most systems now, including Continental's, let the driver overrule the vehicle's computer, largely because the systems have only a few camera or radar sensors and may pick up false signals.

Some systems will automatically stop a vehicle if the driver doesn't, while others will slow it to mitigate crash damage. Already some are........

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