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Friday, March 25, 2016

Are We Getting Comfortable with New Car Technology?

Three-quarters of Americans are afraid to ride in self-driving vehicles, according to a recent survey by AAA.  While it’s understandable why many people are hesitant to completely surrender control of their car to a computer due to fear of a car accident or personal injury, some claim they don’t even need help parallel parking.  Eighty percent of Americans are “confident” in their parallel parking skills and only one-in-four would surrender control to self-parking technology. 

 

While drivers today generally we trust their own judgement more than a computer and are not ready to jump into an autonomous vehicle, experts point out that the technology commonly available in new cars today may eventually help us get more comfortable with self-driving cars.  In fact, according to AAA, nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of American drivers report wanting at least one of the following technologies on their next vehicle: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, self-parking technology or lane-keeping assist. 

 

The technology people want varies by demographic.  The AAA survey reveals:

 

  • Baby Boomers are more likely to give safety as a reason they want semi-autonomous features on their next vehicle (89 percent) than Millennials (78 percent).

  • Millennials are more likely to say convenience is a factor (75 percent).

  • More women (50 percent) cite reducing stress as a reason for wanting the technology compared to men (42 percent).

 

 Many safety experts are applauding the addition of self-driving technology in cars as a way to avoid car accidents, personal injuries, and even fatalities caused by driver error.  There are facts to back up this argument.  According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the majority of traffic deaths in Georgia happen as a result of drivers failing to maintain their lane, and technology such as lane-keeping assist can alert drivers when their vehicle begins straying from its lane. 

 

While technology can help drivers avoid accidents, experts advise drivers not to rely exclusively on self-driving technology available today.  One of the most commonly found amenities in new cars today is a rear cross traffic alert (RCTA) system, complete with back-up cameras and audible alerts when a vehicle or pedestrian crosses the vehicle’s path when it is in reverse.  However, even this technology has its limitations.  When AAA tested RCTA systems, they found significant limitations when vehicles were parked between two larger vehicles, such as SUVs or minivans.  In this common scenario, the tested systems failed to detect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles and other vehicles with regularity. 

 

 Still, self-driving cars are a ways off.  For now we have to rely on the safe driving habits of those driving around us, and sometimes humans mess up.  If that happens, and you have been injured in a car accident or a 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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