Many New Vehicle Drivers Shutting Off Driver Assistance Technology

As automakers implement advanced safety features into new vehicles, the question remains whether consumers will embrace them. When J.D. Power released its 2019 U.S. Tech Experience Index Study, the report noted that a significant number of drivers are disabling certain key driver safety systems on new vehicles.

Driver safety systems are developed in the hopes of preventing collisions or reducing the damage and injuries a crash can cause. When drivers choose to disable these systems – whether for personal comfort, performance and handling, or another reason – they are willingly choosing to turn off a system that could prevent a crash, avoid severe injuries, or could save a life.

Types of Driving Assistance Technology in Newer Cars

Safety systems in new vehicles can vary depending on the manufacturer and the model involved. One of the most common features that has been implemented in recent years across the industry is adaptive cruise control, which can accelerate or decelerate based on the closeness and speed of other vehicles that the system detects.

Automatic emergency braking and automatic parking are also common new features, as are blind spot detection and collision avoidance systems. Driver drowsiness detection, GPS navigation, and lane departure warning systems are also new driver assistance systems that are becoming more common on vehicles coming off the production line.

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