Drivers Not Trusting Automated Driving Cars Yet

July 25, 2018

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When it comes to features that are important to new car shoppers, advance safety features rank high on the list while less enthusiastic about technology that drives for us. In a national survey of U.S. drivers planning on buying a new or used vehicle in the next two years, 51% said it was important that their next car have a rearview camera (mandatory for all cars and most trucks built after April 2018) or backup warning, and 45% said they wanted a blind-spot warning system. By comparison, about 11% wanted a car with technology that automatically accelerates, brakes, or steers. Only 28% placed that level of importance on adaptive cruise control, which automatically accelerates and slows to keep pace with traffic. 21% see lane-keep assist—which steers a vehicle back into its lane if it crosses over a marked lane line—as highly important. Although these systems promise substantial safety benefits, the survey found the tech isn’t yet predictable enough for drivers to feel comfortable depending on it.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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