I have a beef. Cars used to have emergency brakes. I’ve been thankful to have them because I’ve had a couple of situations that could have ended in tragedy if I did not. One of them came when a muscle-bound clod cut my brake line because I owned a car that looked exactly like the car of someone that pissed him off. When I came to an intersection on a hill, I (and the opposing traffic) was lucky I was able to stop quickly and safely. Another time my brakes just failed on me and I was able to drive safely to have them repaired.
Now, without fanfare, the emergency brake has morphed into a “parking brake”. The difference is clear: an emergency brake stops a car. A parking brake slows a car. Sure, a parking brake will stop a car over time, but when brakes fail, you’re not likely to realize it until it’s an “emergency”.
I was told that this change occurred because there were yahoos out there who were not in uniform who were using their emergency brakes to pull 180s in their cars. I don’t know if this is the reason why we don’t have them anymore, but the recklessness of some yahoos is not a proper justification for removing a life-saving feature from our cars.