Presumably some of them may read CR and C&D as well. Of course, many of the points raised in the letter were recommendations made by the NTSB to NHTSA years ago, but at least the NHTSA is finally awakening from their long snooze.
As to the use of gag glasses, that was foreseen by others including me. From an exchange with you in 2019:
https://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic. ... on#p557216
The sensors in the steering wheel that register the human touch, though, are easy to cheat, as YouTube videos demonstrate. A well-wedged orange or water bottle can do the trick. Posters in online forums say they have strapped weights onto their wheels and experimented with Ziplock bags and “mini weights.” For a while, drivers even could buy an Autopilot Buddy “nag reduction device,” until the feds sent the company a cease-and-desist letter this summer.
All of which makes the design of similar systems offered by Cadillac and Audi look rather better suited to the task of keeping human eyes on the road, even as the car works the steering wheel, throttle, and brakes. Cadillac’s Super Cruise includes a gumdrop-sized infrared camera on the steering column that monitors the driver’s head position: Look away or down for too long, and the system issues a sharp beep. Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot does the same with an interior gaze-monitoring camera.
Humans being human, they will presumably find ways to cheat those systems (perhaps borrowing inspiration from Homer Simpson*) but it’s clear a system that monitors where a driver is looking is more robust for this purpose than one that can be fooled by citrus.
For those not familiar with the reference: https://youtu.be/U6qBnykH0DU