Is new car technology making the roads less safe?

Mar 11, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As new cars continue to hit the streets of Florida, their cutting-edge safety devices are supposed to make drivers safer behind the wheel. However, researchers have found that this isn’t always the case. New technology has actually made many drivers lose their ability to drive safely.

How does technology threaten safety?

Tesla has released new autopilot cars that take over driving so that their drivers can enjoy other activities. After news spread that one of these vehicles was involved in a car accident while the vehicle’s driver was watching a movie, it raised some concerns about how people are adapting to this new technology in vehicles. While new vehicle technology is convenient, it shouldn’t take over common sense while driving.

Drivers with new technology fall into the same pitfalls

Drivers with new vehicles that take over many of the controls report similar experiences. Since vehicle manufacturers still tell drivers that they need to have their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, many drivers play the role of supervisor for the first couple of weeks. However, as they get more used to the controls of their car and more content with how they work, drivers tend to supervise the road less. Many report turning away their attention from driving when they’re on roads with limited traffic as they feel there’s less of a chance of an accident occurring.

The problem with driver-assist technology is that it’s still in its early stages. It’s not ready yet to handle rare events such as a pedestrian popping up on the roadway or an accident in front of the car. Artificial intelligence still has a long way to go when it comes to driver-assist technology.

Drivers still need to be responsible enough to supervise their vehicles while driving to ensure their own safety and the safety of others around them. Drivers who get distracted by other tasks threaten everyone’s safety while on the roadway. If you were injured by a distracted driver, you may want an attorney’s assistance in navigating the claims process.