Are you ready for a computerized safety system to help avoid accidents? According to a poll from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, 66 percent of drivers want such a feature in their next car. The poll of 5000 people was commissioned based on findings that driver error still causes the majority of car accidents.
"More than 90 percent of crashes involve driver error of some kind," Alliance CEO Mitch Bainwol said in a statement. "Automakers created a range of driver assist systems that aid the driver for brief periods of time."
Active safety systems range from familiar ones like electronic stability control, to warnings of impending collisions or vehicles leaving the current lane, to systems that intervene and apply the brakes or steer to prevent an accident. The Alliance has created a brief video, shown below, that highlights the various types of safety features, plus a YouTube video channel complete with demonstration videos of systems from all the Alliance's members.
The poll found that nearly two-thirds of respondents say erratic drivers are their largest concern on the road, with 58 percent saying that they had been cut off and forced to stand on the brakes within the last month. Drivers listed other cars pulling out in front of them, and stop-and-go traffic, as the most stressful driving situations. That led 44 percent of those surveyed to say they favored audible or visual driving alert systems, while 34 percent were in favor of active systems that steer or brake automatically.
When it comes to parking, 35 percent of drivers said parallel parking was the most challenging activity, followed by reversing in and out of spaces (cited by 19 percent of respondents) and avoiding pedestrians in parking lots (cited by 16 percent of drivers). Many of those drivers said they would like the self-parking systems available from manufacturers including Ford, BMW, Lincoln, and Toyota. Those features allow a car to steer itself into a parallel-parking space.
"This is the next generation of 'gotta have it' auto technology, and when people see the systems in action, they are amazed," CEO Bainwol said in a statement. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers includes BMW, Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
But what about you: do you want or need active safety systems in your car? Would it ease your daily commute to have a virtual set of eyes keeping you safe, or do you prefer to remain in complete control of your car? Sound off in the comments section below.
Source: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers