Study finds most motorists don’t know what car safety tech does.
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;
- Reverse camera
- Blind Spot Monitor
- Forward Collision Warning
- Anti-lock Braking Systems
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
- Lane Departure Warning
- Traction Control
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.”