Drivers in Atlanta have smarter cars than ever before. While self-driving vehicles remain a novelty and are not available to the public yet, there have been tremendous advances in vehicle technologies designed to make driving easier and more intuitive for motorists. Many advanced safety features that have been introduced are designed to reduce the risk of crashes by taking over tasks from drivers and/or eliminating the potential for human error.
While advances in vehicle technologies are a good thing, relying too much on tech features can be dangerous. Technology is not foolproof and it is no substitute for making smart and informed choices behind the wheel. Drivers are still ultimately responsible for their behavior and for their actions and inaction. If a driver does not do what he is supposed to, victims of the crash can contact an Atlanta motor vehicle accident lawyer to help them pursue legal action for any losses that result.
Safety Technologies Alone Aren’t Enough to Prevent Atlanta Car Accidents
According to AOL Auto, around 69 percent of all vehicles on the market today have blind-spot warning systems as optional add-ons. These technologies alert drivers if there is something in their path that they may not be able to see. Many cars also have lane departure warning systems that will let drivers know if they have veered out of their own lane or lane-keep systems that help drivers to stay steady in their own lanes.
Although these add-ons and innovative features are supposed to make driving easier and safer, experts are warning motorists that they should not assume the technology will save them from an accident. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently teamed up with MIT AgeLab to test six of the technologies and see whether they are actually effective at helping to stop crashes.
The study involved the use of cars from various automakers so that different versions of the same kinds of crash-reduction technologies could be tested. The results revealed that some systems were much better than others, but that all had major weaknesses. For example:
- Most blind spot alert systems had a hard time detecting vehicles that were moving quickly. The systems were especially likely to have problems detecting a car in a blind spot when drivers were merging on to busy highways. This is one of the times when drivers may depend the most on this technology to see if they have a clear path to merge.
- Blind spot monitoring systems had a difficult time detecting motorcycles. Motorcycles are detected 26 percent later than passenger cars that were in the blind spot. By the time the motorcycle was detected, the distance between the car and the motorcycle had dropped by around 14 percent.
- Lane departure warning systems did not work effectively in construction zones, when the weather was bad, or when pavement markers were worn.
This study shows that vehicle detection systems, like most technologies, are far from perfect. Drivers need to remember this and not rely too much on them to prevent crashes from occurring.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury in a motor vehicle crash. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.