New technology promises to make driving safer and more enjoyable for everyone, but the question remains as to whether or not our current technology can deliver on that promise.
Regardless of whether your car utilizes smart technology, the existence of that technology affects everyone on the road. You can be a safer and more informed motorist by understanding the relationship between new car technology and driver safety.
How do high-tech features affect cars and drivers?
Progressive outlines several types of smart technologies in modern cars that statistically reduce accidents across the board. These include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic warning features.
However, tech can also negatively impact drivers by causing confusion or distractions. Advanced Bluetooth functionality and flashy heads-up display systems can do more harm than good. The reliance on touch screens can make simple actions like turning down the volume on the radio a major distraction.
Connected displays can show you text messages or deliver emails directly to your dash. These technologies make our lives easier but also distract us from the road.
What happens when smart technology fails to prevent an accident?
Smart technology can help drivers make better decisions, but you should not rely on it Over-reliance leads to confusion and panic when the technology stops working, inevitably resulting in an accident. Suppose another driver is guilty of causing a collision because they are reliant on high-tech driving features that fail, do not engage or otherwise do not act as intended. In that case, you have the right to pursue compensation for any damages you incur.
New car technology is equally capable of making us safer drivers and causing avoidable harm. It helps us make better, safer decisions but also might also result in overreliance that causes unnecessary accidents.