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New Study Shows That Adaptive Cruise Control System Actually Increases Accident Risks

March 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - According to an online news article published on OANN.COM, a new U.S. study has discovered that Adaptive Cruise Control Systems in vehicles actually raise the risk of getting into a traffic accident.  The study shows that drivers often drive faster using the technology.  Adaptive Cruise Control Systems control the speed and braking of a motor vehicle automatically. 

According to the news article's source, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety affirmed that drivers who use Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) were more inclined to set the vehicle's cruise control speed over the legal limit due to the driver's perception that the Adaptive Cruise Control system improves the driver's safety.

The research study found that drivers who use the technology were at a 10% greater risk of a fatal accident as compared to non-users due to the great cruise control speeds that were chosen on average.

According to Sam Monfort, a statistician with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, ACC has some safety benefits.  However, drivers could cancel out the safety benefits by misusing the ACC system.  The research study studied 40 drivers from the city of Boston over a four-week period.  Test drivers drove either a 2017 Volvo S90 or a 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.  Statistical analysis instead of real-world accidents determined accident-risk.

The research study's authors stated that additional research was needed to determine if the accident risk increase from speeding can be neutralized by the ACC systems' faster reaction time and braking capabilities.  The semi-automated technology is generally a part of a group of advanced driver assistance systems offered in newer vehicles.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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