Electronic driver assistants reduce alertness on the roadNovember 26, 2020
Due to advances in technology, drivers are becoming more distracted while driving
Scientists from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conducted a study in which they found out how the development of electronic vehicle assistance systems affects the behavior of drivers on the road.
The study involved 20 volunteers. For a month, the subjects drove cars equipped with modern electronic assistants. Ten people drove a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque with adaptive cruise control enabled, which maintains the selected speed and maintains a distance from the vehicle in front. The rest drove a Volvo S90 equipped with the same technology as well as Pilot Assist to keep the car in the selected lane.
In the early days, the study participants demonstrated concentrated driving. The subjects were not distracted from the road, regardless of whether the electronic assistant was working or not. However, after a month, drivers began to remove their hands from the steering wheel more often and use mobile phones. According to Ian Reagan, a researcher at the institute, the participants in the experiment driving a Volvo were 12 times more likely to let go of the steering wheel when the electronic assistants were working.
According to the results of the study, the specialists concluded that automated driver assistance systems reduce concentration while driving and contribute to the development of emergency situations on the road.
In early October, scientists from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study that found that 70-year-old motorists are less likely to be involved in fatal accidents than drivers aged 35-54. American experts concluded that older motorists are less dangerous on the roads than middle-aged drivers.
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