In recent years, hundreds of new cars and trucks have hit the market with assisted-driving technology. What began decades ago with antilock brake systems (ABS) has now expanded to include other systems like active body control (ABC), autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure warning (LDW), forward collision warning (FCW), and much more. With billions of dollars being pumped into the research and development of these features, cars are the safest they have ever been, and short of being self-driving, come with the least likelihood of fatal crashes.
No one can argue that increased vehicle safety isn’t a really valuable thing, but some drivers are concerned that all of these new features will somehow rob them of the joy of the driving experience. In a car market that has largely glorified the idea that faster is better, many drivers have equated the value of a vehicle to its horsepower rather than its ability to safely get them from point A to point B. If high performance is the primary concern of the driver, then it is true that smaller engines and reduced horsepower are likely to disappoint. But what these vehicles lack in concessions to speed demons, they more than make up for in safety, fuel efficiency, and reliability.
The new 2016 Subaru Forester 2XT Touring is just one of hundreds of vehicle with this new technology. Read an initial review of this vehicle by clicking here.
Driver-Assistance is Not the Same as Driver Override!
Contrary to popular belief, new car technology is not meant to completely override the autonomy of a driver, nor is it meant to lull the driver into a false sense of security fueled by inattentiveness. Rather, it exists to prevent and/or mitigate crashes by monitoring a driver’s behavior and alerting them of potential dangers before something bad happens. The driver is still responsible for driving safely, checking their mirrors, and applying the brakes, but it can help you know when quick action is needed. When it comes to driving, every split-second decision counts.
According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 1.2 million people die each year in traffic collisions. Hopefully, with the continuing development of driver-assistance technologies, these potentially life-saving features will help prevent thousands of accidents and make driving safer for everyone.
New York Product Liability Lawyers Now Accepting Car System Failure Cases
New car technologies can go a long way to improve safety, but they could have a negative impact on the driver if they fail to function. If you own a vehicle with driver-assistance technologies and have suffered injury as a result of a car system failure, please contact The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP right away. You may be entitled to compensation for expenses related to your accident under product liability law. We are available to discuss your case during a free consultation.
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