In-vehicle safety technology is constantly evolving and advancing with respect to different manufacturers and types of vehicles. Many new systems like advanced driver assistance systems, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist are intended to help drivers, but is this new technology doing more harm than good ?
Investigate a collision
When you hire a personal injury lawyer, one of their primary responsibilities is to investigate the cause of the collision, then identify all responsible parties and document the resulting losses. Without it, the injured party may find themselves without the compensation they deserve for their losses.
A car accident involving on-board technology can turn out to be a much more complicated case as it often goes through the sole motorist. Therefore, it is important to understand the increasing risk of car accidents due to this new technology while also finding out which technology can actually be of benefit.
Does on-board technology make driving safer?
Numerous studies have suggested that in-car technology has made driving safer. For example, blind spot monitoring reduced the accident involvement rate by around 14% compared to vehicle models without the same technology. Here are some other in-car technology solutions that can benefit safe drivers.
Automatic braking systems
Automatic braking systems use sensors to detect collision situations and alert drivers and automatically brake if the driver’s reaction is too slow. Many automakers have pledged to include this type of technology in all new cars by 2022.
Backup cameras use rear-mounted cameras and dashboard monitors to help drivers back up safely. It offers a close-up view of the rear of the vehicle, including blind spots. This technology can help reduce the number of backup conditions that occur by about 46%. However, it does not replace the vehicle’s mirrors and does not look over their shoulders when they are backing up.
Applications for smartphones
Some automotive technologies used today are not attached to the car but are on your smartphone. There are apps you can use to prevent yourself from using your phone while driving. Some apps even lock the smartphone so that the driver cannot use it until it is stopped. These apps are particularly popular among parents of teenage drivers.
One of the most useful features of some newer cars is the Emergency Communication System which allows drivers to talk to operators, request roadside assistance, and access other emergency services.
While these new technological systems can certainly help create safer drivers and prevent accidents, you also need to consider the distraction this technology can cause. Even when you don’t take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road to use this technology, this kind of integration can still be a distraction.
For example, drivers with Bluetooth connectivity in their vehicles are 16% more likely to use their smartphones while driving than those without this connectivity.
As you can see, feelings are mixed regarding the use of the new in-vehicle technology. Some have been designed to improve safety and help the driver, while others, like Bluetooth connectivity, can cause distraction. In addition to in-car technology, we also need to consider the dangers of other distractions like driving while tired.
Driving safely involves paying attention to your surroundings, staying alert, and eliminating distractions that could potentially cause an accident.
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