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Can vehicle safety systems lead to unsafe driving habits?

Car designers, computer programmers and manufacturers are all working toward the goal of autonomous vehicles in the coming years. These advancements must be made in smaller technological steps, though, through the introduction of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Unfortunately, many aspects of these new systems can confuse drivers who ultimately overstate their safety features.

Research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety highlights specific types of ADAS technology that drivers don’t fully understand.

  • Blind spot monitoring: While this technology has been around for numerous years and several vehicle iterations, the AAA study noted that 80% of drivers did not truly understand the system’s limitations. They believed that the system was monitoring the roadway behind their vehicle. Additionally, they believed the system could reliably detect bicycles and pedestrians as well as vehicles passing at high speeds.
  • Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking: Nearly half the drivers in the study either confused these two technologies or did not fully understand either system’s limitations. It was also reported that one in six of those surveyed did not know if their vehicles were equipped with the automatic emergency braking technology.

Unrealistic expectations regarding these ADAS technologies can cause drivers to have a false sense of security regarding their own safety on the roads. Believing that the car will literally keep them safe, drivers might be more willing to engage in attention-grabbing activities such as phone conversations, personal grooming or eating while behind the wheel. Drivers must understand that these features must be used in conjunction with safe driving habits to keep highways, county roads and city streets safe.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision caused by a negligent or distracted driver, it is wise to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. You might face serious injuries and a lengthy recovery time leading to financial peril for you and your entire family.

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