Posted: April 28, 2014
Continuing from How Safe Are Crash Avoidance Systems? (Pt. 1), here we will continue to discuss the advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of crash avoidance technologies in modern vehicles. Specifically, while the first part of this blog focused on the advantages of these systems (by pointing out some specific statistics regarding how often they are estimated to prevent crashes, including fatal crashes), here in Part 2, we will discuss some of the limitations of these devices.
Limitations of Crash Avoidance Technologies
As effective as crash avoidance systems can be at reducing the incidence of motor vehicle accidents, these technologies have some inherent limitations that all motorists should be aware of so that they don’t rely too heavily on these devices. Some of the specific limitations of crash avoidance technologies can include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- The sensors/radar used in these devices – Many modern crash avoidance systems rely on the use of sensors or radar to detect when vehicles are departing from their lane, are about to collide with objects in front/behind them, etc.However, when poor weather or roadway conditions limit the ability of these sensors to detect such impending collisions, these systems will not be able to either warn the driver and/or automatically steer the vehicle to avoid the collision.
- Human error – Despite the fact that crash avoidance technologies can offer life-saving warnings and prevent collisions, people have to know what these warnings mean and what they need to do when these warnings are issued.When people don’t know how to interpret or respond to these warnings, human error will generally prevent the proper action from being taken to avoid an impending collision.
- Driver negligence – In theme with human error as a limitation of the effectiveness of crash avoidance systems, driver negligence can also prevent these systems from effectively preventing or mitigating the incidence of motor vehicle accidents.For example, if drivers are drunk, intoxicated, distracted or fatigued, the likelihood that they will ignore/not properly respond to warnings issued by crash avoidance technologies increases significantly.
The bottom line is that, although crash avoidance systems can prevent some accidents, nothing can make up for drivers who choose to be reckless behind the wheel.
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