Drivers Unsure About Latest Technology
Fully automated vehicles are still years, if not decades away from being available to consumers. However, many of today’s newer vehicles are equipped with features that automate certain aspects of the driving task. These features are designed to improve the safety of the vehicle, but in order for these features to be effective, the driver must choose to use them. According to a recently released study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), drivers want the technology to reflect their own driving style.
Car accidents were responsible for over 40,000 fatalities in the United States last year alone. Car manufacturers have developed a wide range of safety technology, including adaptive cruise control and lane departure notification, aimed at reducing the number of accidents and fatalities. These features have been proven to work, but only if the driver accepts and opts to use them. According to the IIHS the technology is very effective, but it has limitations. In terms of partial automation, what is reported in the news is very different from what the vehicles are actually capable of.
Overview of the Study
The IIHS research team analyzed how 51 employees from IIHS and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) felt about features like adaptive cruise control after using it in the following five vehicles:
– 2017 Audi A4
– 2017 Audi Q7
– 2016 Honda Civic
– 2016 Infiniti QX60
– 2016 Toyota Prius
All five vehicles had adaptive cruise control, while the two Audis and the Honda Civic also had active lane keeping, which helps keep the vehicle from veering outside the lane. Researchers received the following feedback from the participants:
- The adaptive cruise control and active lane keeping were viewed favorably by those who used them over a period ranging from one day to three weeks.
- Adaptive cruise control was rated better in the Audi A4 and Q7 than active lane keeping
- Participants preferred adaptive cruise control systems that made smooth changes and were able to consistently detect moving vehicles on the road ahead.
- Active lane keeping was viewed more favorably than adaptive cruise control in the Honda Civic.
- Participants also preferred active lane keeping systems that made infrequent steering corrections.
The IIHS advises potential consumers to try the technology in a range of complicated scenarios to get a feel for how it performs, so that they can gauge whether or not they are likely to use it. The features may perform differently across vehicles, so consumers testing out two different cars may have different experiences with the technology. The IIHS advised that it is important consumers have realistic expectations of the technology.
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