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AAA study finds that ADAS steering fails when needed most

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According to a recent AAA study, drivers who have recently purchased new cars that come equipped with the latest advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) should not be getting too comfortable with them.

The ADAS technology that's coming standard in new cars is comprised of autonomous and semi-autonomous features that are designed to minimize crashes caused by human error. These systems include:

  • Adaptive cruise control — maintains safe distances between two cars by using radars and sensors, to measure distance. Speed is automatically controlled to maintain distance.
  • Lane departure warnings — warns drivers when they cross the lines in the road by emitting a sound.
  • Forward collision warning — helps to prevent forward collisions by emitting a sound to warn drivers.
  • Keep lane assist — prevents drivers from crossing the centerline in the road by taking control of the steering.

Dangerous glitches found in ADAS tech

The safety and reliability of ADAS systems should be heavily scrutinized before they are relied upon. That's according to researchers from AAA, who examined 4,000 miles of regular driving scenarios. What they discovered was:

  • ADAS systems failed to do what they were designed to do on an average of every 8 miles.
  • 73% of errors were related to lane departure near guardrails and centerlines.
  • Systems that control acceleration, braking and steering were found to suddenly disengage when needed.

The SAE International classifies active driver assistance systems as level 2 driving automation on a scale of 0-5. Specifically, these systems provide functions supporting steering, braking and acceleration. These include lane centering, as well as adaptive cruise control.

AAA urges limitations on ADAS technology

AAA has advised car makers to restrict the amount of semi-autonomous technology they integrate into new cars until further research and testing is conducted.

Greg Brannon is the director of the automotive engineering and industrial affairs at AAA. He explained why it's important to test more.

“Active driving assistance systems are designed to assist the driver and help make the roads safer, but the fact is, these systems are in the early stages of their development,” said Brannon. “With the number of issues we experienced in testing, it is unclear how these systems enhance the driving experience in their current form. In the long run, a bad experience with current technology may set back public acceptance of more fully automated vehicles in the future.”

Why relying on ADAS technology can lead to crashes

This study should serve as a wake-up call for drivers of new cars. Relying on this technology and becoming too lax or distracted could lead to a crash when things suddenly go wrong. That's why it's critical that drivers are always engaged in the task of driving, no matter how much technology a car comes fully loaded with. It's also important that drivers understand the limitations of this technology when buying a new car.

If you or a loved one was injured in a crash involving a driver who misused ADAS technology, contact a West Palm Beach car accident attorney at David J. Glatthorn, P.A. to learn about the legal options available to you. We offer free and confidential case reviews.

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