Driver-assist technology can accelerate, brake and center a car in its lane as long as drivers pay attention to the road. Sadly, these features are failing to keep drivers engaged with the road, the result being a rise in distracted driving. Residents of Florida should know that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has some recommendations that could help improve the tech.
First, the IIHS points out that most driver-assist systems will continue to operate as long as drivers have their hands on the steering wheel. This, the IIHS says, is insufficient. The systems should therefore come with more ways to monitor distraction, such as driver-facing cameras.
The IIHS also recommends the use of sensors in steering wheels that can perceive any manual adjustments and calculate drivers’ reaction time from them. A third recommendation is for the systems to alert drivers with a series of alarms whenever they become distracted.
Automakers should also better educate consumers on the limitations of driver-assist tech. It can only assist, not replace, drivers. Not being aware of this, many drivers assume that the tech makes their car self-driving. The reality is that driver-assist systems give a car Level Two automation whereas fully automated vehicles, which are still over a decade away from realization, would be classified under Level Five.
When motor vehicle accidents involve semi-autonomous vehicles, the victims may want a lawyer to evaluate the case. Filing a personal injury claim will likely require a thorough knowledge of the vehicle tech, and for this reason, the lawyer might bring in third-party crash investigators and automotive experts to help strengthen the case. Medical professionals may assist by determining the extent of victims’ injuries. Once the case is ready, the lawyer may start negotiations with the other side’s auto insurance company.