Common sense suggests that driver-assist features do a lot to help us avoid accidents. Still, these technologies are pretty new, and we’re just beginning to gather research to support our anecdotal impressions. Consumer Reports (CR) recently conducted a survey regarding driver-assist systems. The results indicate that these technologies are worth the price of admission.
- The survey aimed to get feedback from CR members regarding the value and efficacy of driver-assist technologies.
- For the survey, CR members provided insight regarding roughly 72,000 vehicles.
- The survey data indicates that 57 percent of respondents found that at least one driver-assist feature had helped them avoid an accident while behind the wheel.
Driver-assist technology serves as an extra set of eyes for drivers in treacherous situations. All these features have their merits, but some add more value than others.
According to the survey respondents, three technologies stand out: automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. And among these three, they report that the one feature that has helped them avoid accidents most often is blind-spot monitoring. Sixty percent of respondents claim this technology has helped them prevent a crash.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are some driver-assist features that aren’t quite as rewarding. The survey’s respondents report that lane-keeping features were often a bit irritating, due to their irksome chimes and aggressive steering corrections. For this reason, respondents report that they’re more likely to disable lane-keeping features than they are other types of driver-assist amenities.
WHY THIS MATTERS
These results are in line with my own experiences behind the wheel. Blind-spot monitoring has helped me avoid unsafe lane changes, and I’d never dream of buying a vehicle that isn’t equipped with this amenity And yes, lane-keeping features can sometimes be more trouble than they’re worth.
This survey makes it clear that driver-assist technology is essential equipment for motorists who care about road safety.