IIHS names the most dangerous driver assistance systemsJune 25, 2019
Experts have found that most car owners can not find a common language with their electronic assistants.
The American Insurance Institute for Road Safety (aka IIHS), in the course of its latest research, turned to modern driver assistance systems. Currently, automakers have taken a serious upgrade of their cars in this regard, so the findings of American experts are very relevant. According to experts, many car owners do not understand what actions “smart” electronics require from them in the process of work, and often misinterpret its messages.
The greatest danger, in the opinion of auto experts, is Tesla autopilot. And all because the very name of the complex is misleading drivers. Immediately 48 percent of the 2,000 respondents said that such an autopilot makes it possible not to control the steering wheel and go about their business during the trip. According to another six percent of respondents, you can even take a nap on the road with the autopilot.
In fact, Tesla Autopilot tells the driver to keep his hands on the steering wheel and not be distracted from the road, because this complex has not yet become a full autopilot. But they know that the Super Cruise function on Cadillac machines allows you to remove your hands from the steering wheel while driving. 27% of survey participants. Use of this complex is permitted on 209,000 kilometers of highways in the United States and Canada. With the function of the Drive Pilot, which is friendly with adaptive cruise control, familiar to most owners of Mercedes-Benz E-class of the last generation. This complex is able to adjust the speed to the conditions of movement and the pace of the car ahead. However, if such a car turned off the road, many drivers did not know how to proceed.
Summarizing the answers of all survey participants, IIHS experts named two main aspects that automakers should remember. The first concerns the name of such complexes: they should not create false expectations for drivers. The second is the understanding of motorists of the principle of operation of electronics and its application in practice.
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