• October 12th, 2018

Many new vehicles available for consumers to purchase today include a variety of technologies designed to improve driver convenience and safety by alerting the driver that a crash is imminent or by temporarily automating certain aspects of vehicle control such as acceleration, braking or steering. While early versions of many of these technologies could be purchased as optional equipment on expensive luxury vehicles a decade ago, in recent years they have become much more widely available on even the entry-level trims of relatively inexpensive mass-market vehicles. As these technologies become available to a growing segment of the motoring public, they have the potential to reduce rates of crashes, injuries and deaths on our roadways. However, that potential will not be fully realized unless consumers accept these technologies, understand how to use them, use them as intended, and avoid misusing them or becoming over-reliant on them.

The purpose of the current study was to examine knowledge, understanding, opinions and experiences of drivers who own and regularly drive a vehicle equipped with selected technologies including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert or adaptive cruise control.