April 20, 2019

Motorists oblivious to safety technology

Motorists oblivious to safety technology

Study finds most motorists don’t know what car safety tech does.

Motorists oblivious to safety technology
Motorists oblivious to safety technology – technology such as Cross Traffic Alert has many motorists baffled.

A new study out of the U.S. has found that most motorists are oblivious to what the safety technology on their cars actually does.

The University of Iowa Transportation and Vehicle Safety Research Division polled 2,000 drivers to see how much they knew about different automotive safety technologies such as Anti-locking Brakes and Traction Control.

Detroit Bureau reports that of the nine safety technologies that were presented to the participants, the car owners reported that they least understood Adaptive Cruise Control (65%) and Lane Departure Warning systems (36%).

The nine safety technologies that have many motorists baffled include;

Daniel McGehee from the University of Iowa said the results show that while there is strong demand for safety features/technologies among car buyers, there is also a lot of confusion about what they actually do and how they work.

“The level of confusion about features that have been standard in American cars for quite a while was really surprising,”

“The little details about how some of these systems work are really important when we’re talking about safety.

“We need to do a better job of making sure consumers are comfortable with them.”

In other road safety news; Drivers choose fuel economy over safety features and Push for mandatory Autonomous Emergency Braking.

Joel Helmes

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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