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The New York Times reported an accident in which a couple died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The cause of the accident was a 2017 Toyota Avalon. Although it was equipped with a buttonless ignition, it was mistakenly started to run on its own after the driver left the car, and a large amount of carbon monoxide was generated in the garage. This tragedy.
The report outlines the problem of modern keyless ignition systems, which can make it difficult for drivers to determine if the car's engine is running.
The Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the SAE International Association in various countries have recommended the addition of a warning system to the push-button ignition system, which is also a powerful remedy for the driver to check the ignition system.
Are all the electronic products in your car practical and harmless? The answer is yes in terms of safety functions such as anti-lock brakes and stability control systems. However, convenience features such as a touch screen can distract drivers, and the worst case is a traffic accident.
There is a neglected risk in a keyless ignition system because sometimes the driver cannot turn off the car or realize that it is still running. This is a large-scale survey of automotive technology issues, and we cite the dangers that can occur when you use a practical keyless ignition system but don't pay much attention to the condition of the car engine.
In fact, in addition to the keyless ignition, Avalon also has an engine stop/start function that shuts down the engine while the ignition is on to save fuel. Carbon monoxide poisoning is rare, reporting only a few hundred cases per year, but running an internal combustion engine in an enclosed space can produce fatal concentrations in minutes - using a cold engine or even faster.
Regarding the problems of cars and drivers, we all think that this is not the fault of the driver. Even so, drivers have a responsibility to learn how to tell the relevant problems in the cars they drive, such as checking if the engine is really off.
Evolving technology requires a mental shift: since you don't mechanically insert the key into the ignition and hear engine noise while the car is driving, you need to pay close attention to whether you have turned off the vehicle. Obviously, we can't believe that car manufacturers can protect us from all kinds of situations. As cars become more and more useful, consumers are less and less involved in driving while driving, and this problem makes the risk of danger even higher. This reminds us that although a series of technical operations on the car are very convenient, it is still necessary for the driver's friends to do some operations by hand.xx