Drivers in Virginia and across the U.S. are liable to become complacent with the new driver-assist technology on their vehicles. Many are not properly educated by automakers and think that features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist somehow make their car self-driving. As their name implies, driving-assist tech only assists drivers rather than replacing them.
Many studies have linked this unrealistic mindset with distracted driving, a dangerous habit. Now, a report written by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety sets forth a few ways that the situation can be improved. It means improving the technology itself.
The safety non-profit argues that driver-assist systems are not doing enough to keep drivers engaged both physically and mentally. For the systems to operate, the only thing drivers are required to do is hold the steering wheel: something that’s easily compatible with phone use and other distracting activities.
The IIHS therefore recommends additional methods for monitoring drivers’ behavior, such as the use of driver-facing cameras. It also suggests adding sensors in the steering wheel that can detect any delayed reactions based on drivers’ manual adjustments. Lastly, the report brings up the need for alarms that can return drivers’ attention to the road. The IIHS is ambivalent about driver-assist tech, saying that the functions it takes over don’t really need taking over.
It may be necessary for crash victims to bring up these sort of concerns if they were injured by a driver in a semi-autonomous vehicle. After all, for a personal injury claim to result in the compensation that victims deserve, there must be strong evidence of the other’s negligence. Distracted driving is one of the harder forms of negligence to prove. With a lawyer, though, victims might find that this process, along with the negotiating process, becomes a little smoother.