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Benefits of driver assist tech highlighted

New report says new tech can’t come soon enough

We’ve focused a lot on smart self-driving vehicle technology making life easier for us, but a new study says the biggest advantage in making our cars smarter comes on the safety front.

An Austroads commissioned report completed by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) released today says road trauma could be significantly reduced by the adoption of technologies that change the way drivers use vehicles.

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The study looked at whether real-world serious injury crashes could have been prevented by tech such as forward collision warning, curve speed warning, intersection movement assist, right turn assist, lane keeping assist and auto emergency braking.

MUARC Senior Research Fellow Dr David Logan says the results show clear benefits of mandating the inclusion of these technologies in passenger cars.

“The full adoption of a selection of key automated driving and connected vehicle safety applications has the potential to prevent between 4,100 and 6,500 fatal and serious injury crashes in Australia and 310-485 fatal and serious injury crashes in New Zealand each year.”

The full report is available for download here.

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Do you believe technologies such as auto emergency braking should be mandated? Do you believe that new tech like this is making us safer (as the report found), or are we losing our driving skills?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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About Simon Lai 1420 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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