There have been so many advances in automobile technology since the first reliable American car was manufactured back in 1908. Nowadays, cars come equipped with air conditioning and heat, a radio that plays mp3s or connects with your cell phone via bluetooth, built in GPS and many other perks people never even dreamed about back then.
While some are now left wondering what else can be put into the modern car, others are working on the next step in the growth of automobiles: automation in vehicles. The end goal is fully automated vehicles, but for now, there are specific features that are automated in today’s cars.
According to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), these features, like adaptive cruise control and active lane keeping, are highly dependent on whether motorists accept and choose to use them.
Adaptive cruise control maintains a set speed and following distance from the vehicle in front of it. Active lane keeping offers sustained steering input to keep a vehicle within its lane.
The study looked at how 51 employees of IIHS and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) viewed those features after using them in a selection of vehicles. They agreed to use the features during a period that lasted from one day to three weeks.
The analysis found that some preferred the adaptive cruise control feature while others liked the active lane keeping feature. These choices were based on how smooth and gradual the changes were made using adaptive cruise control and how infrequent steering corrections were made while using active lane keeping.
The results speak well for the technology, and hopefully the future of safe driving. Implementing these automation features in cars as well as trucks can help in a number of situations.
If a truck driver has the ability to nap while leaving the driving to automation, it can greatly affect the safety of the driver as well as others on the road. Other advances in automation that aim to rid human error in driving could one day help to reduce the numerous accidents that happen on the roads every day with both cars and trucks.
In the meantime, there is only so much that can be done in the wake of a car or truck accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car or truck accident, especially one that resulted in personal injury, then you need to contact a lawyer.
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