Technology to assist drivers and reduce the risk of accidents because of human error is nothing new. Anti-lock brake systems and electronic stability control are two examples of technology that compensates for human error or makes it safer when road conditions suddenly deteriorate.
Lane departure warning systems, collision avoidance systems and other advanced driver-assistance systems are increasingly common on today’s cars. They can reduce your risk of injury and/or financial liability by reducing your risk of an accident.
Not fully self-driving
However, you should not confuse these systems with true self-driving car technology. While these systems may come about in the near future, they are not here yet.
Unfortunately, more than one Tesla driver has died after engaging the car’s advanced “auto-pilot” system. A man who died in Florida recently was over the speed limit in his Model 3 and hit a truck that pulled out in front of him. According to investigators quoted in the article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the “car continued traveling for nearly a third of a mile before stopping on the highway’s median.”
Not a substitute for common sense
Commercials for advanced driver-assistance systems often show drivers and the pedestrians around them engaging in distracted behavior. Texting, improper lane changes, sudden slow-downs and leaving objects in the driveway are all common elements of these advertisements.
It is good to have technology that can minimize the chance of collisions if something goes wrong. But over-reliance on these systems to save you may put you in a situation that the technology cannot get you out of. You could injure yourself or others, resulting in expensive insurance claims and personal liability.
Take advantage of every edge that technology can give you to drive more safely. But do not over-rely on the technology to do the driving for you. Drive distraction-free and within your limits to avoid injury.