Examining the Safety Benefits of Partial Vehicle Automation Technologies in an Uncertain Future
Emerging vehicle technologies have the potential to make driving not only more comfortable but also safer. Many motor vehicle crashes result from mistakes made by drivers. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), common in today’s new vehicles, have the ability to warn the driver or even intervene automatically in many situations to help the driver avoid a crash. These technologies have a clear role to play in our efforts to minimize vehicle crashes and save lives on our roads. However, it is important to have realistic expectations regarding the magnitudes of the safety benefits offered by technology, as well as how soon those benefits will be seen.
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