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Examining the impact of automobile safety technology

| Jul 27, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Many car accidents in Connecticut come from driver blind spots. Therefore, most motorists would not be surprised to learn that cars with blind-spot monitoring have 14% fewer accidents. Backup cameras and blind-spot monitoring are just a couple of examples of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS).

ADAS technology has generated a significant amount of money in the global market. In fact, researchers expect a 12% annual growth rate for semi-autonomous driving systems over the next decade. As ADAS shows up in more vehicles, the occurrence of car accidents is likely to decrease as well. Currently, research shows that cars equipped with ADAS have a 27% reduction in personal injury and a 19% reduction in property damage.

The downside of ADAS is that they do not always function as expected. Since these systems sometimes react when there is no actual danger, some drivers can find the technology frustrating or even dangerous. This may be why drivers with forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking turn off these systems 11% and 17% of the time, respectively.

Unfortunately, these systems have not had the impact on car insurance that analysts anticipated. It was believed that ADAS would decrease the cost of insurance given that they decrease the likelihood of accidents. However, the reality is that this technology can make car insurance more expensive given that cars equipped with ADAS are more expensive to repair. Moreover, cars with ADAS still face accident risks. Individuals who have been hurt in an accident involving another driver, whether or not the driver has ADAS, may want to consult with a personal injury attorney.