If you have recently shopped for or purchased a new vehicle, then you are aware of the availability of advanced driver assistance systems technology that many auto manufacturers now offer as standard equipment on certain models. The upgraded safety features have the potential to reduce roadway crashes and ultimately save lives. 

Many drivers are unaware of the full scope of ADAS technologies. Make sure you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the latest line of defense in automobile accidents. 

The positive impact 

The majority of drivers with ADAS equipped vehicles state that they find the technology useful and dependable and feel comfortable recommending the advanced features to others. This comes from a report published by AAA in which over 1,200 vehicle owners participated in a survey. Some of the safety features of ADAS technologies in the survey include: 

  • Forward collision warning 
  • Automatic emergency braking 
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Lane-keeping assistance 
  • Blind-spot monitoring 
  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Rear cross-traffic alert 

The unknown factor 

The report reveals a lack of awareness regarding the limitations of advanced systems. Some drivers report becoming too reliant on the system. Specifically, drivers admit engaging in other activities, such as cellphone usage, while driving with adaptive cruise control. Others state they rely heavily on the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert without visually checking to be sure. 

There are a few limitations that drivers should understand. For instance, the automatic emergency braking system relies on cameras or sensors, which snow, dirt or ice may obscure. Additionally, there are limits to the capacity of blind-spot monitoring to detect vehicles passing at very high speeds. 

The personal perspective 

There is little doubt in the ability of ADAS technologies to help prevent and minimize road fatalities as more advanced and high-tech automobiles enter the roadways each year. However, safety experts recommend that you fully understand the limitations of your automobile as you integrate safe driving habits with the smart use of ADAS technologies.