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Monday, December 28, 2015

Limitations of Rear Cross Traffic Alert Technology

While the addition of new technology is making cars safer than ever, a recent AAA study reports alarming data about the limitations of rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) systems.

RCTA systems are designed to alert drivers of vehicles or pedestrians passing behind a vehicle while in reverse.  Reverse cameras plus audio alerts help increase drivers’ visibility and awareness of their surroundings, preventing many accidents. However, AAA warns that drivers should not solely rely on RCTA technology to prevent accidents.  Because the new technology is not 100% foolproof, it’s best to maintain old driving habits of checking mirrors and physically looking behind the vehicle in addition to leveraging the new technology.

AAA tested rear cross traffic alert systems and found significant system limitations when vehicles were parked between two larger vehicles, such as SUVs or minivans.  In this common parking lot scenario, the tested systems failed to detect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles and other vehicles at alarming rates.  For example,

  • A passing motorcycle was not detected by the systems in nearly half (48%) of all the tests.

  • The systems failed to detect a bicycle passing behind the vehicle in two out of five times.

  • The systems failed to detect a passing vehicle in three out of ten times.

  • While not all systems are designed to detect pedestrians, the technology failed to detect pedestrians the majority (60%) of the time.

  • Rain, sleet or snow can also impair the effectiveness of the technology.

Ultimately, while technology helps with accident prevention, drivers should be aware of the limitations of this technology and compensate with good defensive driving tactics.

If you have been injured in a car or truck accident and need help with your claim, contact Andrew Gebhardt today for a free consultation at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

 

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