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

Part I

Benefit - Crash Protection

With each passing year, more and more auto manufacturers are offering advanced driver assistance systems on their vehicles, but are they making drivers better or more complacent behind the wheel?  In other words, are we beginning to rely on these driver assistance features to do the driving for us and to keep us safe on the road? 

The American Automobile Association recently conducted a study of these technologies which included those designed to prevent or reduce the severity of specific types of crashes, or to help the driver do so.  The technologies examined were: forward collision warning (FCW), automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW), lane keeping assistance (LKA), and blind spot monitoring (BSM) systems.  Most newer cars have at least one if not a combination of these systems. 

The AAA estimated those technology systems to have the potential to prevent a combined total of approximately 40% of all passenger-vehicle crashes, 37% of injuries that occur in crashes involving passenger vehicles, and 29% of all deaths in crashes that involve passenger vehicles.  See

An observation from our office is that every accident today, and particularly rear-end collisions are reviewed for potential phone or texting issues and that is something everyone has the power to avoid!

Yet are we becoming overly reliant on these technologies? Stop by next week for the answer in Part II - Possible Liabilities.

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