Driver Assist Systems Not Perfect According to Test by AAA
DETROIT, MI- Wsbradio.com writes that research indicates that electronic driver assist systems that are currently available in passenger vehicles on the market are not always capable of preventing vehicles from striking stationary objects or keeping vehicles from veering out of their lanes.*
The tests, which were conducted by the AAA, show that drivers should not consider their vehicles to be self-driving and that they should remain alert and ready to take over if the vehicle is not working properly.
The AAA says part of the problem is that using the term “pilot” to describe the system leads to the erroneous belief that the systems are self-driving. AAA’s director of automotive engineering states that the term “pilot” is making people think that their vehicles can operate autonomously when the level of technology in these vehicles does not meet that standard.
The tests come after Tesla’s “Autopilot” feature came under scrutiny for potentially misleading drivers into thinking their vehicles could drive themselves, a misconception that might have led to a number of collisions.
AAA’s research finds that the system cannot react to many real-world driving situations, even some situations that happen frequently. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found similar results.
Car manufacturers say that they tell their drivers that the systems are not intended to drive the vehicles and that drivers should be alert and always ready to step in. The vehicles tested include the “2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class, the 2018 Nissan Rogue, a 2017 Tesla Model S and a 2019 Volvo XC40.”
The vehicles tested drifted from their lanes, had difficulties with navigating in moderate traffic, struggled on curves, and in busy intersections. The of the four vehicles tested would have crashed into a simulated stopped vehicle after a vehicle that had been in front of them changed lanes. The only vehicle that was able to stop in time to avoid the crash was the Tesla.
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