In AAA study, researchers have found that many drivers trust assisted driving technologies beyond their intended scopes. Of the 1,380 vehicle owners that responded to the survey, 30 percent of owners with Blind Spot Monitoring at least sometimes rely on technology to change lanes without visually checking their blind spot. What may be even more troubling is that 29 percent of respondents reported, “at least occasionally feeling comfortable engaging in other activities while driving with ACC.” Additionally, only 33 percent recognized that dirt, ice and snow could obstruct the sensors used in automatic emergency braking.

Technology Can Only Do So Much

These technologies have the potential to save thousands of lives when implemented safely. However, without a proper autonomous driving system, these safety tools are meant to assist drivers, not replace them. Far too often are pedestrians injured by inattentive drivers expecting their automatic braking to take control. Rear-end accidents can occur when drivers lose focus and overly rely on adaptive cruise control. For drivers, understanding the limitations of these assisted driving technologies is essential to navigating city streets and highways safely. For manufacturers, providing comprehensive education opportunities for vehicle owners to learn the limitations and successes of these technologies may be critical in spreading awareness.