New research has found that new automated car safety systems are living up to the high expectations and saving lives. According to studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highways Safety, electronic blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping systems are effective.
Lane-keeping systems were found to reduce head on collisions by 11 percent, and resulting injuries that occur in such accidents by 21 percent. Fatalities were also reduced by 86 percent according to the studies.
How exactly does this new technology work? This automated system helps to keep cars in their lanes by warning drivers that they are drifting out of their lane with a noise or visual cue. These systems can also actively engage the vehicle and steer the car out of harm’s way.
According to the institute, if every single car on the road were fitted with a system like this, a total of 85,000 crashes would have been prevented in a single year alone. The institute noted that although fatalities were reduced by 86 percent, the data may be slightly inflated because it was based on only 40 reported incidents. However, the vice president for research noted that even a 50 percent drop would have been statistically significant considering the fact that a quarter of all fatalities on the road are caused by a car drifting out of its designated lane.
Blind-Spot Detection Systems
Another study conducted by the institute focused on the use of blind-spot detection systems. This technology usually consists of warning lights placed in a car’s side mirrors. Researchers concluded that this technology reduces the rate of lane-change crashes of all types by 14 percent, and reduces the rate of injuries resulting from such accidents by nearly 25 percent. The study found that if every car on the road were fitted with a blind-spot detection system, about 50,000 crashes could be prevented annually.
Building Blocks of Self-Driving Technology
These technologies, along with automatic braking systems, are building blocks of self-driving technology. Many believe that self-driving cars will someday be the norm. These small steps may be helpful in getting the public to accept this technology little by little. Some experts warn that drivers must understand the limitations of these technologies before getting behind the wheel. If people become too reliant on self-driving technologies, they could become careless and allow themselves to be more distracted behind the wheel.
An unrelated study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that drivers who rely on automated systems to scan for parking spots and park spend more time looking at the dashboard than the road in front of them and behind them. This was true even when the driver was responsible for steering during parts of the study.
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