The Benefits and Possible Liabilities of Vehicle Automated Driver Systems, A Three Part Series

In Part One of this series, we identified and explained automated driver assistance systems and posed the question: 

Are we becoming overly reliant on these technologies?

A study by Bloomberg Technology in 2017 concluded that these advancements overlap our basic driving skills and leads to relaxed attention while driving.  Further, the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute conducted a study regarding drivers’ use and acceptance of advanced vehicle technologies and concluded that drivers do overly rely on driver assistance systems.  Pradhan AK, Pulver E, Zakrajsek J, Bao S. and Molnar L. (2018) Perceived safety benefits, concerns, and utility of advanced driver assistance systems among owners of ADAS-equipped vehicles. Traffic Injury Prevention 19:sup2, S135-S1371. DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2018.1532201.

It would appear that drivers are becoming more reliant and complacent on these technologies.  "The more they are exposed to these systems, the more they trust the systems," said Shan Bao, as associate research scientist at the university's Transportation Research Institute, who conducted the study. In emergency situations, "they'll trust the systems more than they'll trust themselves." Which frankly is alarming! 

We do not have totally automated self driving cars so we need to be paying attention and not completely relying on these systems to keep us safe behind the wheel.  In order to do that we need to familiarize ourselves with the features on our vehicles and their limitations.  Check back next week for Part Three - Technology Review.


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